ARM Completes South Hadley Landfill MSE Solar Berm Project

ARM was the Engineer-of-Record for the design and construction of the Solar Integrated Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Berm at the South Hadley Landfill, located in South Hadley Massachusetts. ARM prepared permit level designs of its patent-pending solar support and anchoring technology for this first of its kind solar application. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) approved ARM’s design and permitted the installation of the solar system as part of the Cell 2D landfill expansion at the South Hadley Landfill. ARM subsequently prepared construction level designs for the 85.5 kilowatt (KW) solar system.

ARM also provided construction-phase engineering services throughout the installation of the solar system. The solar system consists of a total of 364 solar modules, which are expected to generate nearly 100, 000 KW-hours/year. A Solectria PVI-82 inverter was selected to convert the DC output into AC power. The electricity from the solar system will be used to partially offset the electrical consumption from the adjacent South Hadley Department of Public Works. All of the solar modules have been installed and the solar system is expected to be interconnected in May 2012.

Below is a link to a website that presents the current and cumulative production from the solar system at the South Hadley Landfill: