Unused landfill could sprout solar plant

Redlands Daily Facts   
February 21st, 2011


Credit: D'Arcy Norman/Flickr

By Joe Nelson

A Los Angeles-based environmental project management and consulting firm has entered into a lease agreement with San Bernardino County to develop a solar plant at the closed Big Bear Sanitary Landfill north of Big Bear City.

It is part of a bigger effort by the county to use land at both closed and active landfills for renewable energy projects.

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill 32) mandates that California reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Cities and counties up and down the state have taken steps since then to comply with the mandate.

Project Navigator Ltd. is exploring the development of a 2-megawatt photovoltaic solar facility at the landfill, expected to power about 2,000 homes in the Big Bear Valley.

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