OPEL Solar, TRUENORTH Solar announce partner on NA brownfields
Partnership will transform brownfields into solar fields, create potential new sources of revenue for municipalities.
Toronto, Ont.’s OPEL Solar, Inc., a global supplier of high concentration photovoltaic ("HCPV") solar panels and advanced solar trackers, and TRUENORTH Solar & Environmental, L.L.C., a designer and installer of solar industry products, announced a partnership to install utility-scale solar fields on brownfield sites across North America that have been deemed otherwise unusable.
Brownfield sites are generally defined as abandoned or underused industrial and commercial facilities available for re-use. Expansion or redevelopment of such sites are usually complicated by environmental contamination.
OPEL Solar will provide its HCPV solar panels and tracker systems to the projects while TRUENORTH Solar will handle the land remediation and installation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that site cleanup revenue, for the companies doing the clean-up, can amount to approximately $6-8 billion annually as experts forecast that there may be as many as 4,000 brownfields in the United States, roughly the equivalent of 30,000 football fields. Add in Superfund sites and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act sites and the total jumps to more than 14 million acres that could be redeveloped as renewable energy sites.