Solar Development on Landfills, Impoundments, Brownfields and Utility Impoundment Sites

Solar Development on Landfills, Mines & Other Brownfields Sites

November 8-9, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

“EUCI’s focused conferences afford those actively participating or looking to participate in solar/energy development the tools necessary to streamline processes and conduct business in the most efficient manner possible. I love EUCI’s focused conferences!” – Vice President, Seminole Financial Services

“The EUCI conference on Solar Projects on Brownfield sites gave a detailed overview of issues and opportunities associated with these Developments!!” – EPC Project Mgr, Consumers Energy

“This is the most focused and practical conference about landfills and development I have ever attended!” – Chief Commercial Officer, Hanergy America

“Speakers welcomed questions, which was helpful to fill in the gaps of presentations and the responses were candid.” Assistant General Counsel, SunEdison

“This was a very functional conference with industry leaders detailing interesting and demonstrative projects.” – Senior Program Manager, ISM Solar Solutions

“The conference participants proved to be knowledgeable and provocative practitioners active in various segments of the solar project development process. This was a most worthwhile gathering.” – Managing Principal, Brightfields, LLC

“Great information for developers.” – Owner/Principal, C&E Solutions LLC

“EUCI developed a strong program of industry practitioners – well worthwhile.” Executive Vice President, groSolar

“Well organized, informative conference.“ Consultant, Antea Group

“Conference is a ‘must-attend’ for stakeholders in this niche market space.” Assistant Vice President – Renewable Director, Arcadis U.S. Inc.

“Very informative, tailored conference.” Chief Financial Officer, Renova Partners

“The conference was well organized and informative and brought together a varied and knowledgeable group of presenters and attendees.” Associate, Phillips Lytle

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“The level of detail…has provided new insight into an expanding industry. “ Senior Engineer, Ray Angelini Inc

“Very clear presentations with useful information that addressed current issues, problems and new opportunities. Well done!“ Managing Principal, IMA LLC

“Fantastic presentations with real content.” Senior Vice President, T & M Assocs

“Great conference! Relevant topics and well-prepared speakers.” Renewable Dev’t Lead Sr, Georgia Power

“Great content, very informative.” Director – Land Management, Granite Apollo

“Great expert speakers who were honest and well-spoken. I will definitely recommend future EUCI conferences for colleagues and others.” Director – Distributed Generation, Geronimo Energy

The aggressive search for suitable greenfield sites has prompted savvy investors, project developers, suppliers, and power organizations to consider sites with less conventional development characteristics.  Ironically, these blemished sites – landfills, reclaimed mines, superfund sites and other types of brownfields – often turn out to be attractive siting options for solar projects.  No longer, then, is solar development on landfills and brownfields a question of feasibility; rather, the consideration for many project developers is how to optimize the opportunity such a project can deliver.

This symposium will examine aspects of developing solar energy on landfills, mines and other brownfields sites that foster significant, realistic opportunities for beneficial financial and community outcomes.  It will consider how environmental, engineering, and related regulatory challenges can be overcome on these projects to ensure their financial return.  Developers, regulatory officials, investors, and legal specialists with expertise in this very special arena will conduct the program, using case studies and examples from successful projects.

Learning Outcomes

The content is intended as a survey (fundamentals) course for utilities, project developers, regulators and community stakeholders in states that are just now beginning to turn their attention to this class of solar development.

Attendees will gain practical and technical skills that allow them to:

  • Analyze PV technical and economic factors unique to landfills
  • Design solar projects on these areas
  • Assess the environmental engineering aspects of siting
  • Identify interconnection considerations and constraints
  • Evaluate the insurance and risk management connected to these projects
  • Analyze landfill reuse permits
  • Identify legal aspects of development and financing
  • Evaluate the technical and practical considerations municipalities must consider when planning these projects



Tuesday, November 8, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. :: Overview & Introductions

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: EPA Landfill, Mine, Superfund and Other Brownfield Solar Program Support

This session will detail the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ongoing initiative to encourage and facilitate renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites when such development is aligned with the community’s vision for the site.  The RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative identifies the renewable energy potential of tracked EPA and state sites and provides useful resources for communities, developers, state and local governments and other interested stakeholders.  The focus in this session will be on opportunities for future development, with supplemental information on the program’s efforts to date and observed trends.

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. :: Morning Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Federal and State Incentives to Stimulate Landfill/Mine/ Brownfield Project Development

Besides the indisputable “parent” of all solar energy project financing – the investment tax credit (ITC) – project developments on landfills, mines, superfund and other brownfield sites have additional federal financial stimulus and incentive resources to draw from.  Moreover, state and local jurisdictions often are the sources of supplemental funds or leveraging instruments (including some devoted specifically to Brightfields).  Topics covered will include:

  • Impact of federal infrastructure initiatives, especially on area-wide planning and early-stage financing
  • Bonds
  • REC multipliers and related incentives
  • Tax increment financing
  • Revolving loan funds
  • Economic opportunity zones
  • Property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing
  • Other property tax relief measures

This segment will identify and describe how developers and sponsors can access these options for their solar projects on these multiple sites.

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:00 – 4:30 p.m. :: Financing Overview and Metrics of Landfill-specific Solar Projects

  • Appraisal / valuation
  • Tax equity considerations
  • Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) incentives and penalties
  • PPA terms and negotiation elements
  • CapEx
  • Hurdle rates
  • Return on Investment (ROI)
  • P90 scenarios
  • Curtailment exposure and impact on financial performance
  • Debt service coverage ratio (DSCR)
  • Other considerations

Bottom Line Financial Maximization Scenarios

  • Revenues
    • ITC leverage and structure
    • Off-take options
    • Renewable energy credits
    • Wholesale and retail electricity market revenues
    • Net energy metering
    • Storage
  • Cost reduction and minimization measures
    • Agrivoltaics
    • The Unknown Unknowns – Not Asking the Questions You Don’t Know You Need to Ask

4:30 p.m. :: Course Adjourns for Day


Wednesday, November 9, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Course Timing

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Navigating the Permitting and Regulatory Process

  • Key permitting requirements
    • Solid waste permits
    • Stormwater and remediation management
    • Settlement
    • Permitting timelines
    • Environmental impact review
    • Long-term O&M requirements
    • Zoning
    • Utility interconnection process
    • Distinctions between landfills, mines, superfund and other brownfield sites
  • REC/SREC qualification and administration
  • Liability issues and mitigation
  • Practical considerations

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Conducting a Pre-Development Desktop Project Assessment

  • Determining developability of project site
    • Environmental integrity of prior closure
    • Interconnection and infrastructure
    • Buildable acreage
    • Permit-ability
  • Technical feasibility
    • Capacity
    • Resource MWhs per year
    • Construction duration
    • Estimated commercial operation date
  • Component assessment
    • Geotechnical engineering
    • Racking systems
    • Module selection
    • BOS elements
  • Project scoping and costing
    • Due diligence
    • System design
    • Equipment selection
    • Construction
    • Commissioning
    • Operation
    • Project capital expense
    • Revenue expectation
    • Maintenance

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. :: Lunch Break

12:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Brownfield Project Development Case Studies

  • Landfill
  • Mine
  • Superfund

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:15 – 4:45 p.m. :: Best Practices Roundtable: Project Developers and SMEs

Project developers and related subject matter experts will engage in a roundtable discussion re: aspects of landfills, mines and/or brownfields project development that prospective developers, utilities, investors, integrators, EPC providers and others will find instructive and insightful, addressing such facets as:

  • Comparing landfill/brownfield to greenfield PV project planning and design characteristics
  • Recently enacted and pending legislative measures relating to renewables
  • Policy and regulatory developments
  • Technology shifts and trends
  • Developing project collaborations building a team
  • Distinguishing among various types of brownfields

4:45 p.m. :: Course Adjournment


  • Kathryn Bohn, Project Manager – Solar & Storage, 8minute (invited)

  • Paul Curran, Managing Director, BQ Energy Development LLC

  • James Duffy, Partner & Chair – Renewable Energy, Nixon Peabody LLP

  • Chad Farrell, Founder & CEO, Encore Renewable Energy

  • Jonathan H. Grace, Project Manager, Sanborn | Head & Associates

  • Tony Grappone, Partner, Novogradac & Company LLP

  • Courtney Haynes, Stakeholder Engagement Specialist – Clean Energy on Mine Lands & Rural and Remote Areas in the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, U.S. Department of Energy

  • Matthew Popkin, Manager – Urban Transformation, RMI

  • Michael Rauch, Director, BQ Energy

  • Joseph Ritter, Senior Vice President, Seminole Financial Services Developer

  • Lora Strine, Coordinator – RE-Powering America’s Lands Initiative, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event


Solar Development on Landfills, Mines & Other Brownfields Sites

November 8-9, 2022 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1295.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 5,180.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 9,065.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 15,540.00 (40% discount)

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Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

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Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before October 7, 2022 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.1 CEUs for this event and 0.4 CEUs for the workshop.

Instructional Methods 

This program will use PowerPoint presentations, case studies and group discussions. 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the event to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 13.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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