A Woodbine municipal landfill may soon be turned into a solar farm.
In a joint news release, the borough and solar company Nexamp said they entered an initial agreement to develop a 10-megawatt community solar farm at a closed, 115-acre landfill on Fidler Hill Road.
The landfill closed in 1985, and since then, the borough has been looking for ways to utilize the land, said Mayor William Pikolycky. Over the past three decades, the Department of Environmental Protection has conducted multiple investigations at the site. There were plans for building a biofuel facility at the property about 10 years ago that fell through.
“The idea of repurposing an otherwise unusable landfill site and bringing renewable energy into the community in a way that will benefit both Woodbine and the community at large is very exciting,” Mayor William Pikolycky said.
Nexamp owns dozens of community solar farms across the U.S. Residents can subscribe to a share of the solar farm instead of installing panels on their own home, and in turn reduce their electric bill.
Pikolycky said the borough could see about $150,000 to $200,000 from the deal.
Community farms allow people to benefit from renewable energy even if they rent their home or apartment or don’t have a roof suitable for solar panels, Nexamp and the borough said.
Nexamp will work with New Jersey-based development partner Infiniti Energy Services LLC.
“Making the benefits of solar accessible to everyone is central to our mission as a company,” said Nexamp CEO Zaid Ashai, “doing so with such a minimal land impact aligns perfectly with our values.”