|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Thu, 12 Apr 2012 14:53:44 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] Solar farm proposed for Alcoa site, East St. Louis, Illinois|
Solar proposal shines new light on East St. Louis brownfield BY JEFFREY TOMICH St. Louis Post-Dispatch April 12, 2012EAST ST. LOUIS - More than a century after cheap coal helped lure the nation's first alumina refinery here, a developer wants to transform the old Alcoa site in the into one of the Midwest’s largest solar projects.
The developer, Brightfields Development LLC, has spent about two years studying how to convert the long-abandoned brownfield, now owned by the city of East St. Louis, into a 20-megawatt solar farm, enough to power about 4,000 homes.
The transformation of the 220-acre site, overgrown with trees and other vegetation and polluted with reddish bauxite residue known as "red mud," won't be easy, or cheap. The first phase of the environmental remediation alone is estimated to cost $24 million and take eight months. The solar project would cost an additional $65 million and require special legislation to enable the developer to sell the power to Ameren Illinois at prices current market prices.
... For the entire article, seehttp://www.stltoday.com/news/local/illinois/solar-proposal-shines-new- light-on-east-st-louis-brownfield/ article_f7050ddc-8411-11e1-9150-0019bb30f31a.html
-- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Brownfields mailing list Brownfields@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/brownfields-cpeo.org
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