Farmingville, NY – – Brookhaven officials approved a 20-year lease agreement for solar development at the Brookhaven landfill at their recent town board meeting. The agreement with i.on renewables LLC for the land on top of the capped areas of the landfill will provide annual revenue of $20,500 to the Town. The solar field, along with fuel cells and harvested methane gas, will be part of an energy park at the landfill, announced by Supervisor Ed Romaine in 2018 as part of the plan for the Town landfill when it stops accepting waste after 2024 and it is capped and closed. The 20-year lease agreement, with the option to renew for another 10 years, is anticipated to generate $180,000 in recurring annual revenue. The Town currently has solar arrays at Town Hall, the Brookhaven Amphitheater, Holtsville Ecology Site, Brookhaven Calabro Airport and Manorville Compost Facility (pictured above).
Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “Brookhaven Town has been a leader in renewable energy, and establishing an energy park at the landfill after it is closed makes perfect sense. In addition to generating electric power, it will be a key component of our overall commitment to protect and preserve our environment for future generations.”
In May of 2014, the Town was awarded a Feed-In Tariff from PSEG Long Island for solar arrays at several Town properties. The solar array sites were selected after a review was conducted by PSEG Long Island, on behalf of LIPA to determine the likelihood of a successful project. These projects are part of Supervisor Romaine’s “Green Initiative” and PSEG’s multi-phase Clean Solar Initiative program designed to produce clean, renewable power for Long Island.