A 2.3 MW solar array is to be built in West Nyack, this will be the first landfill with a solar plant in the state of New York. Over the course of its lifetime, the clean power plant is expected to save taxpayers about $4 million dollars. (The West Nyack landfill is capped and has been decommissioned.)
Re-purposing a landfill is a perfect marriage of unobstructed sunlight and large underdeveloped unused land. Turning a landfill into a solar power plant is a creative investment in the ever declining energy supply in the New York Metro area. The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is preparing a white paper to help other municipalities develop their own solar power plants.
Clarkstown is one of about 600 cities and towns to sign the United States Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement to reduce CO2 emissions. The 84,000 resident town is located about 34 miles northwest of New York City.