Unusual solar farms on wasteland such as landfill sites, golf courses and car parks due to lack of space – Notebookcheck.net

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Golf courses and lakes

However, disused golf courses are also a popular location for solar farms, as the land has already been cleared and is also flat. It remains to be seen whether it would make more sense, in terms of climate protection, to reforest such areas, but that is a separate issue. Another well-known example is the floating solar parks that have been built on various lakes around the world, with more than 6,000 local systems that are completely self-sufficient in terms of power supply.

The floating solar park in Huainan, China, for example, uses more than 500,000 modules from manufacturers such as Ja Solar and inverters from Sungrow. It is located on a man-made lake in a former coal mine. The solar panels cover an area equivalent to 400 football fields.

Waste disposal site

Landfills In the US, incentives for companies to build solar projects on brownfield sites such as landfills include financing and programmes to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy. Ben Jones of DSD, which has built a 4.3 megawatt solar farm on a landfill site in Bethel, New York, to reduce greenhouse gasemissionsand cut energy costs for the municipal operations, explains:

It’s dead space and can’t be built on otherwise, you might as well build a solar farm.

Building facades

An attractive location for artistic solar projects are also the boring facades of various buildings. The Land Art Generator, for example, organises competitions for solar artists on a regular basis. In Houston next year, Berlin artist Riccardo Mariano’s Arch of Time solar panel installation will provide shade and energy to power 40 homes. The design of the artwork is inspired by a sundial, although in this case the time is indicated by the sunlight rather than by the shadows. 

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