Reinventing A Landfill Into A Solar Gem: AC Power Recognized by Owens Corning for Development of Solar on Its Closed Landfill

08 Nov 2018

New York- and New Jersey-based AC Power, LLC, was recognized by Owens Corning as Sustainability Partner of 2018 for work developing a solar power project on a landfill owned by Owens Corning in Evesham, New Jersey.  

(PRNewsfoto/AC Power)

(PRNewsfoto/AC Power)

"The last two years have been exciting in the solar market and being recognized by a company as revered as Owens Corning is a true milestone," says AC Power founder and CEO, Annika Colston. "Owens Corning aligns with AC Power's sustainability values, working with us to turn an unproductive property into part of the environmental solution that will help take New Jersey to 50 percent renewable by 2030. Our industry is in a period of dramatic growth and change, and I'm proud to be a part of what solar means to millions of consumers. I look forward to working in partnership with more companies like Owens Corning, who are willing to spearhead sustainable energy resourcing."

Woman-owned AC Power launched in 2016 and is currently developing five solar projects on landfills in New Jersey, with an installed capacity of approximately 20 megawatts, a composite load that will generate over 25 million kilowatt hours per year and power more than 2,500 homes. In addition to pursuing New Jersey's new solar programs such as Community Solar, AC Power is developing a portfolio of projects along the East Coast, with Fortune 500 companies, municipalities and private land owners. 

AC Power's team is led by Annika Colston and Robert Simkins. Annika Colston founded AC Power to bring unique vision to solar photovoltaic project development and management on marginalized properties. Colston has been developing alternative energy projects for nearly two decades and before founding AC Power developed a portfolio of landfill gas to energy projects nationwide. Robert Simkins, prior to joining AC Power, spent the majority of his career as the Director of Solid Waste for Burlington County, New Jersey. As a result, he takes into consideration the countless environmental, technical and regulatory issues that go into every landfill-based solar development project. 

AC Power, in partnership with Paragon Resource Management, Inc., executed two long-term land leases with Owens Corning granting the AC Power/Paragon partnership the exclusive right to develop solar projects and perform ongoing post-closure maintenance. "Paragon is excited to partner with AC Power in the development of solar projects on the Aero Haven and Pettinos landfills in New Jersey. These projects add significantly to Paragon's growing portfolio of landfill-based solar development projects", says Bill Stover, Paragon's President/CEO. Paragon is an Arkansas-based, diversified environmental services company that provides post-closure operation, maintenance and monitoring support to corporate and municipal landfills. The Aero Haven Solar Project has the potential to generate more than 6 megawatts of power and the Pettinos Solar Project has the potential to generate more than 1.5 megawatts. Construction on both of these projects is expected to start in late 2019.

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