Atlanta landfill to become solar farm
A 48-acre landfill owned by Republic Services in DeKalb County, Georgia is soon to become a solar farm. Following Republic’s own successes with solar-capped landfills like the Tessman Road Landfill in San Antonio, the Hickory Ridge site in Georgia will be capped with a heavy duty impermeable liner, atop which pliable solar panels (the thickness of two nickels) will sit. The site will sell 1 megawatt of power, enough to power 400 homes, to Georgia Power, making it the the state’s first solar landfill as well as one of its biggest single producers of solar power. The project was implemented with $2 million in federal stimulus support and help from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.