A solar development from clean tech integrator, Ameresco Inc, has received a Top Project of the Year Award in the Environment + Energy Leader Awards program. The solar complex awarded was the Foothill Landfill in San Joaquin County, California.
Firstly, the Environment + Energy Leader program is an annual award program that expert judges grant to renewable energy installations as a leasing example of how to best repurpose underutilized land for maximum energy savings.
Secondly, over the past seven years, Ameresco partnered with the officials of San Joaquin County to develop and maintain two standalone projects at the Foothill Landfill. Those are, a landfill gas to energy facility; and a 13,000 solar panels complex on the landfill’s underdeveloped land.
Thirdly, Ameresco developed those projects in 2014 and 2020 respectively, with the intention to support the County’s long-term sustainability goals. About the award, Sarah Roberts, Environment + Energy Leader publisher, said. “With a very experienced and critical judging panel; and a strict set of judging criteria, entrants faced an extremely high bar to qualify for an award in 2021.”
Moreover, about the solar development of Ameresco; the San Joaquin County project, one of the judges said. “This project demonstrates excellent use of underutilized land at the Foothill Landfill site; and also serves as a model for what others should and could develop.”
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In addition, Tom Patti, Chairman of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, said about Ameresco’s solar development. “The Foothill Landfill Solar project is not only great for the environment; but obviously it also helps offset the cost of rising electric costs to local taxpayers.”
He also remarked. “The Board’s prioritization to also improve our local communities through clean and secure energy resources is of utmost importance as we plan for our energy future.”
On the other hand, Ameresco’s executive vice president Bob Georgeoff, commented. “Our collaborative partnership with the County’s officials truly allowed us to think creatively about both the LFGTE facility and the solar farm. We are also proud to have worked with the County to lower their emissions by over 28,500 tons annually. We look forward to championing their ongoing sustainability efforts.”
Finally, the complete list of awardees of the program will be announced during the Solutions Summit on July 20, 2021. On such event Ameresco will talk about how it managed to rise both of its awarded projects. Click here for more info on the event.