Date: July 7, 2016
Vermont-based groSolar will build a new solar array atop a former South Carolina landfill and Superfund site. The firm and its partners, Duke Energy and ReGenesis will deliver sufficient electricity to power the equivalent of 500 homes in the community of Spartanburg, SC. The project is funded in part by the Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action. The energy farm will cover a majority of the 30-acre former Arkwright Landfill. The landfill, opened in 1958, served the waste needs of the surrounding community but became overgrown and hazardous following its abandonment in 1973. ReGenesis, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the EPA worked in collaboration to have it designated as a Superfund site, which resulted in the funding necessary to close and cap the landfill.
June 14, 2016
Commitment Achieves Next Piece for Arkwright Landfill Project Development Commitment to Action Announced at CGI America
Atlanta, GA – June 14, 2016 groSolar announced today a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action for a proposed solar project that will reuse the former Arkwright Landfill to deliver renewable energy to the residents of Spartanburg, S.C.
groSolar and its partners, Duke Energy and ReGenesis, launched their commitment at the 2016 CGI America meeting held June 12-14 in Atlanta, GA. The partners will participate in working group sessions regarding "Advanced Energy" and "Sustainable Cities," to discuss the project and secure funding that will bring this important project to fruition.
"groSolar is honored to be part of this incredibly important and groundbreaking project," said Jamie Resor, CEO. "As a company that prides itself on renewable, environmentally-friendly ways to produce energy, we are proud that this will be the first solar power facility on a South Carolina landfill."
With this commitment, the City of Spartanburg will create a solar power facility on the former 35-acre toxic waste site at Arkwright Landfill. The purpose of the Arkwright Landfill Solar Project is to reuse a former Superfund site with no alternative development potential to generate sufficient electricity to power the equivalent of 500 homes in the community of Spartanburg, S.C.
The emissions offset of this project is equivalent to removing approximately 800 automobiles from the road, and removing about 4,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the environment. In addition to environmental benefits, groSolar anticipates the creation of roughly 50 construction jobs over the first year as the solar power facility is built.
A Commitment to Action is a plan for addressing a significant global challenge. CGI supports the development of commitments by facilitating dialogue, providing opportunities to identify partners, showcasing the actions taken by commitment-makers, and communicating results.
The Arkwright Landfill project is a culmination of years of collaboration between ReGenesis, MDB, Inc., EPA Region 4, Duke Energy, groSolar, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and Solvay USA, Inc.
groSolar is an industry-leading large commercial- and utility-scale solar PV firm serving the 1 to 30 MW market. A one stop source for development and financing services to engineering, procurement, and construction to long-term operations and maintenance. groSolar's experience includes projects at brownfields/ landfills, agricultural properties, and educational, corporate, and manufacturing facilities. groSolar is an independently operated entity of EDF Renewable Energy, a leading US independent power producer with nearly 30 years of expertise in the renewable industry. For more information, visit www.groSolar.com.
About Clinton Global Initiative America
Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America brings together leaders from the business, philanthropic, nonprofit, and government sectors to develop solutions that encourage economic growth, support long-term competitiveness, and increase social mobility in the United States. CGI America's annual convening is designed to be a working meeting that promotes collaboration. Each CGI America participant makes a Commitment to Action: a new, specific, and measurable plan that supports increased economic growth and opportunity. To date, CGI America participants have made more than 500 commitments, which have improved the lives of nearly 2.4 million people. For more information, visit cgiamerica.org.