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

January 28-29, 2021


Thursday, January 28, 2021 : Central Time

12:15 – 12:30 p.m. :: Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 5:00 p.m. :: Conference Timing

12:30 – 12:45 p.m. :: Overview & Introductions

12:45 – 1:30 p.m. :: EPA Landfill, Brownfield and 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.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. :: Navigating the Permitting and Regulatory Process

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. :: Comparing Landfill/Brownfield to Greenfield PV Project Planning & Design Characteristics

3:45 – 5:00 p.m. :: Site Preparation, Environmental Remediation and Engineering Considerations

As the numbers of brownfields and landfills multiply as solar project host sites, the engineering, environmental science and preparation practices particular to these contaminated properties advance as well. The choice of remediation methods, site engineering practices and applications, racking systems and foundations all can have profound effect on the risk mitigation and finance-ability of a project. This segment, conducted by site remediation specialists, will examine the critical knowledge needed by those interested in developing solar projects on these sites including:

5:00 p.m. :: Course Adjourns for Day

Friday, January 29, 2021 : Central Time

8:15 – 8:30 a.m. :: Log In and Welcome

8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. :: Conference Timing

8:30 – 9:45 a.m. :: Project Development Expense Assumptions

As with any development project, the numbers have to add up.  This segment will provide pragmatic guidance, financial ranges and lessons learned by one of the solar landfill sector’s longest-standing development organizations, touching upon these critical elements:

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. :: Break

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Financing Overview and Metrics of Landfill-specific Solar Projects

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. :: Lunch Break

12:45 – 2:00 p.m. :: Why Do Landfill Projects Proliferate in Some States But Not Others?

2:00 – 2:10 p.m. :: Break

2:10 – 3:20 p.m. :: Developing Project Collaborations

3:20 – 3:30 p.m. :: Break

3:30 – 4:45 p.m. :: Best Practices Roundtable: Project Developers and SMEs

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

4:45 p.m. :: Symposium Adjournment


Fundamentals Of Financing Landfill Solar Development

Thursday, January 28, 2021 :: Central Time

8:15 – 8:30 a.m. :: Log In

8:30 – 11:45 a.m. :: Workshop Timing

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. :: Overview & Introductions

Solar Financing Components

Solar Development Driver: Investment Tax Credit

Examination of Transaction Structures

Converting Financing Structures into Project Implementation

This segment will review a solar landfill case study that illustrates how the financing elements above are translated into project development.

 11:45 a.m. :: Workshop Adjournment