Cutchogue Landfill Wins Solar Project Award

The capped Southold Town landfill on Cox Lane, where Northville Industries is proposing a power plant.
The capped Southold Town landfill on Cox Lane.

After years of stalled solar energy proposals for Southold Town’s capped Cutchogue landfill, Southold Town is now in the solar business.

Town Supervisor Scott Russell announced Wednesday morning that “the Town of Southold landfill has been chosen by PSEG Long Island as the site for the development of a 12 acre, 2,000 kW ground mount solar photovoltaic system to be installed by SunEdison Government Solutions, LLC through PSEG’s Clean Solar Initiative Feed-In Tariff II Program.”

Southold and East Hampton towns had both pitched solar project proposals to PSEG through a request for solar energy proposals due at the end of January. PSEG representatives did not immediately comment on the status of East Hampton’s proposal.

Southold’s project is expected to generate $57,000 in lease revenue annually for the town, or $1.14 million over the course of the 20 year lease.

“The Town will enter into a land lease agreement with SunEdison for a term of 20 years for this adaptive reuse of a portion of the capped landfill,” said Mr. Russell. “The developer will in turn enter into a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement with LIPA at a rate of $0.1688 per kWh.”

Southold Town Board members also agreed at a work session Tuesday to pursue a natural gas-fired peaker plant at the Cutchogue landfill, which could also be a source of revenue for the town.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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