Waste management company Viridor has submitted a planning application to build a solar park on one of its closed landfill sites in Wiltshire.
The company is also reviewing all its south UK sites to see if they are suitable for more solar schemes.
Westbury landfill site has been fully restored to grassland since it last took waste in 2004.
The southern area of the fromer landfill site is currently producing gas, which is turned into electricity by the on-site turbines.
The proposed solar park will be situated on the northern part of the site, covering 10 hectares in total and involving two phases of construction. The park is expected to generate 3.5MW per hour, the equivalent for powering 1120 homes.
Marcus Du Pree Thomas, Viridor’s development manager said: “We believe this, and many of our other sites are highly suitable for solar panel installation, as they have been used for energy generation for many years and the electricity generation infrastructure is already in place.”
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