Carlisle Energy Installs Solar Landfill Cover in Madison County, NY

Date: August 24, 2011

Source: Carlisle Energy Services, Inc.

Carlisle Energy Services, Inc. (Carlisle, PA) has completed installing an 8-acre solar landfill cover at the Madison County landfill in New York. Once it is interconnected and operational within a month, it will generate about 40,000 kW hours of power per year which is expected to offset nearly all of the power requirements of a recycling plant located on the site. The cost of the $850,000 project was offset by a $380,000 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Grant. Other partners in the project included liner installer CETCO Contracting Services and electrical installer O'Connell Electric. Only two other landfills in the country, both privately owned by Republic Services in Texas and in Georgia, have affixed solar panels to the slopes of capped landfill cells.

August 24, 2011

Carlisle Energy Services: Madison County, NY Landfill Solar Project Now Completed

Carlisle Energy Services, Inc. (CES) announced that as of Wednesday, August 17, 2011, its Spectro PowerCap™ Exposed Geomembrane Solar Cover system in Madison County, New York is completed. It is expected to be interconnected and fully operational within a month. Consulting engineer of record Barton & Loguidice submitted, and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation permitted, the installation as a 20 to 30 year long-term interim cover. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) provided a grant in order to demonstrate this technology to other landfill owners in the state.

The eight-acre demonstration system features Carlisle's GeoTPO™ Geomembrane, with a south-facing 40kWp DC integrated solar photovoltaic array powered by Uni-Solar®. Carlisle's system is expected to offset nearly all of the power requirements of the Madison County ARC Recycling Facility located on site. Partners of record on the project included liner installer CETCO Contracting Services and electrical installer O'Connell Electric.

The Madison County landfill is the first municipal landfill in the country to apply this technology in a closure project. Future plans for the site, referred to as the Madison County Agriculture and Renewable Energy Park, include a one-megawatt landfill gas system that captures the heat generated by the turbine engines to dry lumber on site and heat the building. Other on-site green energy programs are being considered such as the possibility of adding a windmill, hydroponic greenhouses, and/or an additional solar array.

"Carlisle Energy Services is proud to have helped Madison County develop a sustainable landfill closure system that generates clean solar energy," said Carlisle's Director of Landfill Solutions Arthur Mohr Jr. "This project demonstrates the merits of our GeoTPO Geomembrane as a viable long-term closure system for landfill owners."

"The photovoltaic landfill cover will play an integral role in Madison County's growing renewable energy initiative, and we are proud to demonstrate the technical and commercial feasibility of Carlisle's unique landfill closure system," said James Zecca, Madison County Solid Waste Department Director.

Carlisle's Spectro PowerCap is a dual-purpose landfill closure system that meets regulatory requirements as an alternative closure system and provides clean renewable energy. The system features Carlisle's three-ply, scrim-reinforced GeoTPO Geomembrane that serves as both the closure system and platform for integrated solar photovoltaics. GeoTPO was developed exclusively for Exposed Geomembrane Solar Cap (EGSC) or Exposed Geomembrane Cap (EGC) applications as both a long-term and final landfill closure solution.

About Carlisle Energy Services: As a wholly owned subsidiary of Carlisle Construction Materials Incorporated, Carlisle Energy Services, Inc. specializes in turnkey project development and design for large-scale commercial photovoltaic solar rooftops and solar landfill closure systems. Combining Carlisle's unmatched roofing industry performance and expertise with cutting-edge energy management solutions, Carlisle Energy Services provides a unique service to the roofing, energy and landfill industries. For more information about Carlisle Energy Services, call 877.269.7183 or visit our website at

SOURCE Carlisle Energy Services, Inc.
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