Solar-powered landfill with geomembraneA New York City site once known for the size of its garbage heaps will be home to alternative energy sources that could power 6,000 homes, now that the city is soliciting bids to build and operate a wind farm and solar power plant at Staten Island’s Fresh Kills landfill.

With 75 acres available for lease, city officials say the project at the closed landfill could generate 20 megawatts of renewable energy.

(READ the AP story from NPR News)

Photo of solar-powered landfill in Geeorgia

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