Auburn Landfill

Bulldozers push trash at the top of a hill at the city of Auburn landfill off North Division Street.

AUBURN — The Auburn city council will review a proposal to install a community solar array at the municipal landfill during Thursday night's meeting.

In August 2014, the city submitted a letter of interest to the CNY Regional Planning and Development Board to be included in the Solarize CNY initiative — a project that uses the collective purchasing power of multiple municipalities to reduce project costs. Participation will now undergo review. 

The proposal, which will be presented by Abundant Solar, will cover the history of the Solarize CNY and cover highlights of the proposed agreement.

If the proposal passes, Optony Inc. will provide independent technical assistance with the project.

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According to Optony's website, Solarize CNY "builds off the successful effort of Solarize Syracuse," which reportedly doubled the amount of residential solar installations in the Syracuse area in 2014. Optony has contributed to similar projects in Virginia and California. 

Auburn's landfill is one of several city-owned sites that were considered for the solar array. The landfill, which has been distinguished as an underutilized property, would provide plenty of space for the 36-acre project.

Similar initiatives across the country have brought benefits including new energy infrastructure investments and meeting clean energy goals.

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Staff writer Dan Orzechowski can be reached at (315) 282-2239 or dan.orzechowski@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @OrzechowskiDan