Renewable Energy Progress
Closed Landfills With Permits for Renewable Energy
MassDEP encourages the "recycling" of closed and capped landfills into renewable energy facilities. To date, the agency has issued permits allowing for the installation of solar panels or wind turbines on nearly 50 old landfills across the state.
Examples: Completed Renewables-on-Landfills Projects
Successful solar and wind installations in Massachusetts and across the country.
An Old New England Town Lights the Way with Solar
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) RE-Powering America's Land case study on the Scituate landfill solar farm.
Easthampton Captures Sun Power
Workshop presentation on the process followed by this western Massachusetts city to install a 2.3-megawatt solar farm on its old landfill.
Hull Cited as Wind Power Pioneer
The U.S. Department of Energy has recognized the South Shore town for "outstanding leadership in advancing the use of wind power in a coastal community."
Kingston Wind Real-Time Data
"Dashboard" showing power generation and environmental benefits of wind turbines operating on a closed landfill.
Lancaster Solar Real-Time Data
Power generation and environmental benefit "dashboard" for solar panels operating on a closed landfill.
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.
Financial Resources & Incentives
Massachusetts Green Communities Division
Provides technical assistance and financial support for municipal initiatives to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy in public buildings, facilities and schools.
MassCEC Commonwealth Solar II
Provides rebates for business and residential solar panel installations.
MassCEC Commonwealth Wind
Supports the development of appropriately-sited wind energy facilities.
Federal Funding & Financing
The U.S. Department of Energy offers a number of grant, loan and financing programs in support of public and private clean energy projects.
Requirements & Technical Assistance
Developing Renewable Energy Facilities 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
An overview of suitable facilities and the application process.
Photovoltaics on Massachusetts Landfills
Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Handbook.
Q&A: Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Systems
DOER/MassDEP Clean Energy Results Program guide.
Solar Power Installations on Closed Landfills
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report.
Massachusetts Landfill Profiles
Learn about facility ownership, operational status, acreage, wind speed, distance to nearest transmission lines, more.
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.