The Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA) has built the first landfill-based solar energy-generating facility in Connecticut atop the capped Hartford Landfill. On Thursday, September 4, 2014, MIRA celebrated the grand opening of this award-winning facility, which will generate up to one megawatt of electricity, enough to power about 1,000 homes when operating at full capacity.
Throughout 2015, MIRA will work with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to develop an RFP that will re-imagine the future of the Connecticut Solid Waste System. What will the next step in the evolution of sustainable materials management look like in the region? The current draft Request For Proposals for this redevelopment is not available for comment.
Today’s resource management infrastructure is the result of prior innovation. Who would have thought more than thirty years ago that that the question of what to do about an aging landfill infrastructure and the question of what to with an an old coal power plant would converge? The resulting innovation involved recycling the old power plant into a new state-of-the-art resources recovery facility. Today this facility uses the region’s discarded materials to provide more than 35 megawatts of electricity to the grid, enough to power approximately 35,000 homes.