PVone Enables a Florida Brownfield to Produce Solar Energy

Development of a Florida-based ‘brownfields to brightfields’ solar energy project using a 250-kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic (PV) array system is largely due to PVOne LLC, which negotiated the site lease with Sarasota County officials and a Green Solar Tag Agreement for installation of the PV system.

The project, which should be operational in the second quarter of 2007, will in Sarasota County, on the site of the former Bee Ridge Landfill. The solar energy system, which covers 28,000 square feet, will use 1,200 PV panels and connect directly to the distribution grid. PowerLight Corporation, a subsidiary of SunPower Corporation, will work with PVOne to deploy the solar power system, and provide operation and maintenance services; third-party financing will be used to finance the $2.5 million ‘brownfields to brightfields’ project. “We are proud to be part of the team developing the first large-scale solar energy system in the state of Florida, and we have nothing but the highest praise for the commitment of all the parties involved in the project, particularly Sarasota County and the State of Florida,” said Vaughn Kaizer, PVOne LLC principal and managing member. According to Kaizer, brownfields represent ideal locations for the installation of solar energy systems due to their proximity to distribution lines and the absence of shading obstructions. An innovative method developed by PowerLight ensures that the photovoltaic panels are securely installed without penetrating the protective clay cap encasing the contents of the landfill — often situated just 18 inches below the surface. There are more than 365,000 brownfields in the U.S. that are stabilized and ready for benign development.
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