Otago Daily Times

Solar farm proposed after landfill closure

- HAMISH MACLEAN hamish.maclean@odt.co.nz

WHEN the Green Island landfill reaches capacity it could be capped with a $10 million solar farm.

The Dunedin City Council has revealed in its draft 10year budget a proposal to spend $5.1 million in 203031 and another $5 million the following year on a large installati­on of solar panels at the municipal landfill, expected to close before the end of the decade.

The solar panels would be linked to the electricit­y generation system in place at the Green Island wastewater treatment plant, the council’s 202131 capital expenditur­e report said.

The electricit­y produced at the solar farm would top up the electricit­y generated by destructio­n of landfill gas, a system that has been in place at the landfill since 2009.

Excess energy from the solar farm could be sold into the national grid after offsetting operationa­l costs of the wastewater treatment plant, or future resource recovery facilities set up at Green Island, the report said.

In the nearer term, the draft budgets show $5 million set aside from 202223 to 202526 to expand the Green Island landfill gas collection system.

The report said improvemen­ts had been under way on the Green Island gas collection system since 2017.

The number of gas wells had increased from 14 to 26 and would continue to increase to 55 as the landfill was progressiv­ely closed.

The final 55 gas wells would continue to operate and be maintained long after closure of the landfill, it said.

The 10year report also noted, a proposed $56.4 million to be set aside from 202425 to 202829 for the developmen­t of a Smooth Hill landfill site, near Brighton, to replace the Green Island landfill when it closes.

Another $29.3 million would be required to develop a new kerbside collection system.

 ?? PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES ?? Energising . . . Photovolta­ic cells of a solar farm.
PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES Energising . . . Photovolta­ic cells of a solar farm.

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