Renewable Energy Progress

Closed Landfills

MassDEP/DOER Workshops

Proceedings from three workshops presented by MassDEP and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to spur the development of solar and wind power installations on closed landfills across the state. These day-long sessions were intended to help municipalities understand the environmental and economic benefits, and navigate the permitting, procurement, construction and interconnection processes.

July 2012 Renewable Energy at Closed Landfills Workshop Presentations pdf format of 07/12 Renewable Energy at Closed Landfills  doc format of landfills_workshops2012.doc

January 2010 Renewable Energy at Closed Landfills Workshop Presentations pdf format of 1/10 Renewable Energy at Closed Landfills Presentations doc format of 1/10 Renewable Energy at Closed Landfills Presentations  

June 2009 Renewable Energy at Closed Landfills Workshop Presentations pdf format of 06/09 Renewable Energy at Closed Landfills Presentation doc format of 06/09 Renewable Energy at Closed Landfills Presentation

Financial Resources & Incentives

Requirements & Technical Assistance

MassDEP Permitting

Developing Renewable Energy Facilities on Closed Landfills pdf format of Developing Renewable Energy on Closed Landfills doc format of Developing Renewable Energy on Closed Landfills  
MassDEP fact sheet.

BWP SW 36, 37 - Landfill Post-Closure Permit
Anyone intending to use a closed and capped landfill for a new purpose needs to obtain this permit from MassDEP. 

Landfill Post-Closure Use Permitting Guidelines pdf format of Landfill Post-Closure Use Permitting Guidelines doc format of Landfill Post-Closure Use Permitting Guidelines  
An overview of suitable facilities and the application process.

Solar Panels

Photovoltaics on Massachusetts Landfills pdf format of Photovoltaics on Massachusetts Landfills file size 1MB
Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Handbook.

Q&A: Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Systems pdf format of Ground Mounted PV Guide
DOER/MassDEP Clean Energy Results Program guide.

Solar Power Installations on Closed Landfills links to PDF file
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report.

Massachusetts Landfill Profiles xls format of Massachusetts Landfill Profiles txt format of Massachusetts Landfill Profiles
Learn about facility ownership, operational status, acreage, wind speed, distance to nearest transmission lines, more.

Wind Turbines

Land-Based Wind Energy: Understanding the Issues & Making Informed Decisions
Guide prepared by CLF Ventures Inc. for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).

MassGIS Wind Energy Site-Screening Tool
Interactive map application shows communities with both parcel and significant high wind.

Wind Energy Model Zoning By-Law
Developed by DOER to help towns and cities establish standards for wind power development.

Connecting to the Grid

Distributed Generation & Interconnection
Resources from DOER to help you understand the process of getting solar panels or wind turbines to utility transmission lines.

Net Metering Questions & Answers
Net metering allows customers of certain utilities to generate their own power so they won't need to buy as much electricity.