A project could soon be underway to turn a former landfill into a solar farm.
State Representative Harold Mitchell sees potential in the 35 acres of the former landfill in the Arkwright community.
“You can’t build anything on a landfill. You can’t penetrate it,” explained Mitchell of the restrictions on the land.
Mitchell has been working with Regenesis, the city of Spartanburg, Duke Energy, and the solar and engineering construction firm.. groSolar to make the land into a solar farm and put 12 thousand solar panels there.
“It’s just another example of how we can reuse sites like that,” Mitchell said. He tells 7 News it would be the first of its kind in the state to bring clean, renewable energy to a place like this.
The project has been in the works for years and received a recent recognition from the Clinton Global Initiative. Once it’s complete it will generate enough electricity to power about 500 homes.
“This will be something of a good sustainable use and hopefully impact for the residents in that community,” Mitchell explained.
The project has raised $4.5 million dollars in private donations and still needs about $2.5 million more. They hope to have it up and running by the end of next year.