IGS Solar plans to begin construction this month on a solar array to be built on an unproductive landfill site.
The 4 MW array is being built thanks to a power purchase agreement with Cleveland Public Power and the government of Cuyahoga County. The array will provide five percent of the electricity consumption for 16 county-owned commercial buildings when it is finished this summer.
The 20-year land lease will also help the city of Brooklyn offset $400,000 in maintenance costs. As the Ohio EPA does not allow for below-surface work on landfills, developers will use a ballasted solar racking system with panels and supports resting on concrete blocks.