Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Allco Wants to Turn Former Toxic Waste Dump into solar energy farm

New York-based Allco Renewable Energy wants to build the largest solar energy farm east of the Mississippi river. Their chosen location is in Coventry, Rhode Island, on land that gained infamy in the 1970s as an illegal hazardous waste dump and which became a Superfund site in the 1980s.

At first the solar energy farm would have 8 megawatts of production capacity, but Allco is also considering installing wind turbines if the site is suitable. But there is already some controversy: Allco wants some guarantees that it will be able to sell its power to the local utility for a certain time and at a certain rate, something that is not yet certain

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