Largest Landfill Solar Project in North America completed by CEP Renewables

solar landfill project

CEP Renewables, CS Energy, Terrasmart, Lindsay Precast, and NJR Clean Energy Ventures announced the completion of North America’s largest solar landfill project. This 25.6 megawatt (dc) solar project is located in Mount Olive, New Jersey. The project allowed the municipality to recover nearly $2.3 million in past taxes. And it transformed the former Combe Fill North Superfund landfill into a clean energy asset and a revenue generator.

“We are pleased to have been able to work closely with our long-time trusted partners to convert another unusable landfill into a renewable energy generating power plant,” said Chris Ichter, Executive Vice President of CEP Renewables. “There are more than 10,000 closed landfills in the United States, but only a small portion of these parcels have been converted. Converting more of these landfills to solar projects will generate more local tax revenue, jobs, cleaner air, and affordable energy for residents across the country.”

Solar projects

Over the past five years, there has been an 80% increase in the number of solar projects in landfills in the United States. Given that these landfills have existed for several decades, the key driver of this recent trend is the landfill expertise that companies like CEP Renewables have developed. CEP has extensive experience in remediating sites with environmental problems: the BFI landfill in South Brunswick, the Old Bridge Clay Pits site, the Warren Quarry and Sand Pit in Monroe Township, the BEMS landfill in Southampton Township, and the Fibermark paper mill in Holland Township. Due to this experience, the local municipality agreed to establish a public-private partnership for CEP to reconstruct this landfill. In addition, CS Energy has completed 216 MW of solar projects in landfills since 2011. The company is the perfect choice to design and build the Mount Olive project.

“We are proud to have been selected by CEP Renewables to provide our expertise for this impactful landfill solar project because of our track record of completing these challenging projects safely, on time, and budget,” said Mike Dillon, Chief Operating Officer of CS Energy. “This is our eighth project with CEP Renewables, seventh with Lindsay Precast, and fourteenth with Terrasmart. Our strong partnerships with each of these industry leaders also allowed us to efficiently deliver this high-quality landfill solar project, providing significant financial and environmental benefits to this community over the long term.”


Mount Olive project

The Mount Olive project is notable because it involved the purchase of the landfill. This through the process of redevelopment and tax lien enforcement. This project won the 2021 Innovation in Governance Award from the New Jersey League of Municipalities. The Mount Olive project serves as a model for other closed landfills across the U.S. in the redevelopment process, design, and construction execution. And also provides increased tax revenues and more affordable clean energy for local communities.

NJR Clean Energy Ventures will own and operate the Mount Olive solar facility long-term. CEP Renewables owns the land for this project.


About CEP Renewables, LLC:

CEP Renewables designs, develop, and constructs commercial-scale grid-connected solar projects. CEP utilizes its highly skilled professionals. This to apply complex rehabilitation, engineering, and permitting strategies, enabling it to take particularly challenging projects from concept to commissioning.

About CS Energy:

CS Energy is a leading engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) energy company. That designs and builds optimized projects in the solar, energy storage, and emerging energy sectors. CS Energy leverages its strong relationships with:

  • solar developers
  • IPPs
  • utilities
  • buyers
  • suppliers
  • landowners

to help clients streamline the project development process, reduce project costs and create value for all stakeholders.


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