Solar-powered landfill with geomembraneLandfills are a constant reminder of the waste we produce, but a new innovation could throw out the notion of a “dump” by turning them into productive solar power dynamos.

In Conley, Georgia, a first-of-its-kind landfill generates renewable energy while safely covering nine million cubic yards of municipal solid waste. The 45-acre geomembrane in this photo covers the landfill with 7,000 flexible solar panels.

Every component part is made in America.

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