September 15, 2010
by PLANT STAFF
TORONTO: OPEL Solar Inc., a manufacturer of photovoltaic solar panels with operations headquartered in Shelton, Conn. and Toronto, is teaming up with a Preston, Conn.-based engineering and construction firm to install utility-scale solar fields on brownfield sites across North America that are deemed otherwise unusable.
Opel Solar and TRUENORTH Solar & Environmental LLC intend to put abandoned or underused industrial and commercial facilities, which would typically be considered too complicated to rehabilitate because of real or perceived environmental concerns, into use for the generation of clean energy.
OPEL Solar will be providing its patented HCPV solar panels and advanced tracker systems to the projects while TRUENORTH Solar will handle the land remediation and installation.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated the potential annual site cleanup revenue of as many as 4,000 brownfield sites in the US alone at approximately $6 billion to $8 billion. Adding Superfund sites and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act sites, the two companies said the total jumps to more than 14 million acres that could be developed as renewable energy sites.