Sita UK has partnered with a solar farm developer to add solar energy generation facilities to some of its closed landfills.
Glastonbury-based British Solar Renewables (BSR) has won a tender with the waste management company to explore the feasibility of producing solar energy from its sealed sites.
BSR will conduct an assessment of Sita’s landfill estate and shortlist a number of locations that it considers to be suitable for potential solar farm development.
BSR will then pursue planning applications with the relevant local authorities.
The move will allow Sita to add another form of renewable power generation to landfills alongside methane gas extraction.
Geraint Rees, general manager for landfill at Sita UK, said: “This renewable energy technology will complement the existing energy plants operated on a number of our landfill sites, which contribute a significant amount of sustainable energy to the National Grid by capturing landfill gases.”
Sita said it will continue to remain responsible for the aftercare of the landfill operations.
The UK’s biggest waste management company Veolia has also recently announced plans to turn a former landfill site into a solar farm.