The 42-acre Erie Landfill in North Arlington — between Disposal Road and Harrier Meadow — is about to get a new life.
The Meadowlands Commission announced this week that it is seeking information from firms interested in designing, financing and operating a solar array on the landfill. The 5-megawatt installation would be the state's largest.
Read The Record's article about the plan here.
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The selected firm would be responsible for safely closing the landfill and would be able to sell the solar power it harnesses to Public Service Electric & Gas’ energy grid. In addition, the company would have the option to collect methane gas at the site which can also be sold to the power utility.
The solar project is in keeping with the goals of both the state Energy Master Plan and the NJMC Energy Master Plan. The NJMC has set a goal of achieving 20 Megawatts of renewable energy within the District by the year 2020 and is negotiating the creation of a 700 kilowatt solar array on District property.