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According to the EPA, the Annapolis Solar Park is the largest solar energy project on a closed landfill in North America. At 18.1 MW, it covers approximately 80 acres of previously unusable landfill with more than 52,000 solar panels that generate approximately 24,000,000 kilowatt hours of clean electricity each year – the equivalent of removing more than 15,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the environment. The project was made possible by the close partnership among BQ Energy (the developer), Building Energy (an international IPP), EDF Renewables (EPC firm), the City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, the utility (BGE Energy), and other Maryland stakeholders. The project team was able to navigate the design, technical, land and financial challenges to convert a closed landfill into an operating solar energy system.
EDF Renewables began construction of the project in November 2017 and was able to manage the placement and installation of more than 5,500 ballasts blocks, racking equipment, 52,000 modules, and 7 inverter power stations while carefully meeting the logistical and environmental sensitivities of a capped landfill. The project was energized in June 2018. EDF Renewables is providing operations and maintenance services for the Annapolis Solar project.