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Brownfields to Brightfields: The Rationale

AC Power is committed to exclusively re-energizing previously disturbed land with clean energy. We use our expertise in environmental site remediation and solar development to resolve the challenges most often responsible for delaying the redevelopment of landfills, Superfund sites, and BROWNFIELDS. Why do we do what we do?

What are some of the benefits of redeveloping brownfields?

  • It can help address environmental injustices that have disproportionately impacted low-income and minority communities, given that many industrial properties and landfills have historically been sited in underserved neighborhoods.

  • Brownfield development can provide economic benefits to Townships by increasing tax revenue and in some cases, turning an abandoned property that has idled for years into a revenue-generating property.

  • It can remove the stigma associated with a property.

  • It can reduce vandalism and crime in an area.

  • Repurposing a blighted site into a revenue-generating property can help revitalize neglected areas, bring investment to a community, attract new businesses and create job opportunities.

Why are brownfields often a perfect fit for solar redevelopment?

  • Brownfields are often blighted lands that have suffered environmental contamination that can make them unsuitable for other types of development. Solar is often the best, and sometimes the only, use for this land.

  • As we strive to reach climate goals and as our demand for energy grows, developing solar projects on brownfields reduces the pressure to site renewable energy projects on green spaces that perform important ecosystem services, maintain open land and have recreational value.

  • Developing solar on these sites can help improve community health by reducing pollution, providing clean energy, raising property values and revitalizing communities.

  • Solar redevelopment on municipal land can help cities reach renewable energy targets and rarely burdens municipal services.

  • The addition of solar-generated energy to the local utility’s grid can help a local utility better manage its electricity loads and smooth its demand curve. Systems that are connected via virtual net metering can also reduce the strain on distribution systems and prevent losses in long-distance electricity transmission and distribution.

  • In more rural areas, blighted sites are often located far from residents where the visual impact of any development is low.

  • Electricity costs are lowered and clean energy is provided when the solar project provides electricity to subscribers through a community solar program.

  • Re-energizing brownfields with clean, renewable energy is often the best way to put these sites back into productive use and can help speed the remediation of the contaminated land.


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