Using proprietary software, a study was executed to determine the suitability of a former landfill site for a ground mounted solar photovoltaic scheme. The study formed part of a site wide appraisal of renewable energy generation opportunities that included solar, wind, bio-liquid, biomass gasification and anaerobic digestion schemes. The site itself has a history of energy generation, as landfill gas was once used to export 4.5MWe to the grid via a local grid connection.
Utilising a geospatial analysis tool, an assessment of the renewable energy potential of the site was conducted, accounting for:
The study served to underpin the site’s suitability for the development of a ground mounted solar-PV scheme. With an estimated generating capacity of 5 MWe, the study also provided the client with a financial model for the scheme as well as a number of development options. Dialogue with the local planning department served to highlight considerations to account for when developing a planning application for the site. The client is now in dialogue with a number of investors and developers with respect to developing the described solar-PV scheme at the site.