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New York to Build its Largest Solar Plant on Top of the World’s Largest Landfill

by James Burgess, Oil Price:

Freshkills Park on Staten Island, once the world’s largest landfill site, is set to be converted into New York City’s largest solar power plant according to an announcement made by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday.

The new facility will consist of 35,000 high-efficiency solar panels spread across a 47 acres plot. It will have a generating capacity of around 10 megawatts, making it five times larger than any other solar facility in the city, and enough to supply about 2,000 homes with power. Sun Edison will install and operate the solar panels.

James Molinaro, the President for the borough of Staten Island, explained that they “will be turning something which was a disaster into a benefit for the people of Staten Island, and for the environment.”

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