Bryan Jacob

Mike Ayers, P.E.

Kyle Ehman

27-Sep-2017, 4:00 - 4:30PM

 
Session: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Solar Energy

Track K | Renewable Energy & Sustainable Development


Landfill Solar: Trash to Treasure

Bryan Jacob
Founder/Owner and Chief Climate Coach
Climate Coach International

Mike Ayers, P.E.
CEO/President
Watershed Geosynthetics, LLC

Kyle Ehman
Board Manager
Watershed Geosynthetics, LLC


Siting for utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects is a challenge for developers. Some solar PV technologies require upward of 8 acres per megawatt (MW). Erecting solar atop closed landfills is a viable option to minimize post-closure landfill maintenance and transform those liabilities into productive, renewable energy assets for the long-term. This session will examine costs and benefits of geosynthetic membranes particularly suited to host solar PV systems. Panelists will share examples from existing, operational projects and discuss how technologies have overcome some of the challenges with first-generation attempts to mount solar on landfills: differential settlement with traditional soil closures, delamination of flexible films, etc.



 

Track: K Renewable Energy & Sustainable Development | Session: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Solar Energy