County looks to locate solar energy at closed landfill site

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County looks to locate solar energy at closed landfill site

February 1, 2017

The county is looking into installing solar panels at a landfill, a move that could help reduce power costs.

The option is in the early stages of being investigated, and was shared with the Waseca County Economic Development Authority at its Jan. 20 meeting.

The county owns a 78-acre tract of land in Otisco Township that is currently a closed landfill.

"A couple years back, we worked with state on a rezoning concept for the landfill area," said county Planning and Zoning Administrator Mark Leiferman. "One of things it allowed us to do is convert areas into solar power. We are just looking at exploring that with the (Minnesota) Pollution Control Agency at this point in time."

Leiferman said this presents an opportunity to make good use of the covered landfill area, which can't be used for much else.

The benefits to the county, he said, include the fact that it can reduce power costs and obtain rental income for that piece of property.

"The reason this site is attractive is that there's power line that runs on Hwy. 13, and since this is along Hwy. 13, it ties into that pretty easily," Leiferman said.

The biggest concern, he said, is making sure that the cover over the landfill, whether it's polyvinyl or hard-packed clay, isn't punched through, releasing contaminants.


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