Category: Utility Scale Generation
In March 2018, Congress passed the Brownfields, Utilization, Investment, and Local Development Act, (the BUILD Act). The BUILD Act provides $50M+ each year for assessment and cleanup dollars for Brownfields properties which are identified as contaminated or perceived to be contaminated, “impaired” properties. Eligible entities, e.g. municipalities, are eligible for grants of $500,000 (with a waiver of up to $650,000) to cleanup up a contaminated property. Of particular interest to solar developers are the incentives in the USEPA Brownfields grant application which allows for new ranking criteria that focuses on renewable energy. As properties are remediated, conversations between solar developers and municipalities need to focus on answering the questions needed for interconnecting. Municipalities need to evaluate: is the site cleanup conducive to solar, what type of contamination- soil or groundwater is located on the property, site-specific permitting requirements, zoning, community buy-in, continuing obligations, deed restrictions, maintenance limitations, acreage needed for solar, proximity to interconnect, transmission line
substation, 3-phase power availability, interconnect - capacity to carry to power proximity, site layout details - conducive to solar (capping material/grade/slopes/tree line), among others. This presentation will explore Brownfields funding opportunities and the requirements needed for applicable sites, as well as ways to connect landowners to developers utilizing USEPA Brownfields funding under the BUILD Act.