Freshkills Park Blog

NJ Meadowlands landfill to go solar

Another case study we’re looking at: The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) has proposed the construction of a 5 MW solar farm to be built on top of the Erie Landfill.  This would be the largest solar array built in New Jersey to date and could potentially power up to 600 homes per year.  The NJMC has put out a Request for Information from companies who would be interested in working on the project.  The company chosen would close and cap the landfill, manufacture and operate the panels and, subsequently, sell the resulting energy to the Public Service Electric & Gas energy grid.


April 17, 2009 - Posted by | FKP | , , ,


  1. I am interested in this 5 meg project. Please email me with updates or information.

    Comment by Terry Sheehan | May 24, 2009 | Reply

  2. We own, operate and manage 2 high Btu projects on landfills that produce 2 bcf/year of natural gas equivalent. We are exploring solar projects on landfills. PLease provide us with additional information as it becomes available. Thanks

    Comment by Jim Schretter | January 18, 2010 | Reply

  3. Uni-Solar flexible solar laminate proven landfill cap

    The industry-leading light-weight thin-film solar laminate panels used in both the Tessman Road landfill project in San Antonio as well as on the Hickory Ridge project in Atlanta are made by Uni-Solar Ovonics, a subsidiary of the Michigan company Energy Conversion Devices [ticker symbol ENER].

    The E.P.A estimates there are approximately 100,000 closed landfills {ideally suited for similar solar laminate panel projects}.

    This capping system eliminates weekly/monthly ground maintenance costs such as mowing, replacement of soil erosion,…

    Heavy glass solar panels can not be inexpensively ground-mounted without costly foundation ballasts to prevent instability on settling ground. That’s why Uni-solar’s thin-film solar laminate panels are ideal.

    Additionally the membrane cap that the flexible Uni-Solar solar laminates adhere to captures additional methane gas as added revenue source for the city/county.

    FYI, Tessman landfill in San Antonio is exceeding recent 8 month power output compared to same period last year. Why else would Republic do the subsequent Atlanta project, 7 times the size of San Antonio.

    Republic’s Project Manager, “More landfill solar projects to some.”

    The story as aired on FoxNews…

    Uni-Solar’s website:

    Links to pictures, documentation, details, benefits and company contact info…

    Solar Integrated’s website:

    Comment by | April 21, 2011 | Reply

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