Watershed and ISM Solar announce formation of watershed solar development

Watershed Solar Development has been formed to provide innovative landfill and brownfield solar energy solutions integrated with ClosureTurf, a patented engineered geosynthetic turf closure system owned by Watershed Geo.

ClosureTurf, the new standard of environmental performance that has recently been adopted by the EPA to close Superfund sites, has solved long-plaguing issues to conventional landfill and brownfield closure designs. It is also the ideal foundation for solar energy systems, as it eliminates vegetative maintenance, erosion, and associated risks and costs.

ClosureTurf is installed at over 80 sites totaling approximately 2,000 acres, safely and effectively reducing the environmental impact of landfills and brownfields across the United States. Several of these installations have experienced significant and historic weather events such as hurricanes, tropical storms, and snowstorms.

ClosureTurf was recently selected as the 250-acre landfill closure method at the Mississippi Phosphates Corporation EPA Superfund site in Pascagoula, Mississippi, which is surrounded by pristine and federally protected estuaries.

Watershed Solar Development is licensed and authorized nationwide by Watershed Geosynthetics to develop and install solar energy systems on ClosureTurf. Watershed Solar Development is also licensed and authorized nationwide by Watershed Solar to market and install PowerCap.

PowerCap is a patent-pending solar technology, marketed and supported by Watershed Geosynthetics, that optimizes solar design and maximizes project economics in the following ways:

+ Provides a geotechnically engineered and tested, highly stabilized solar energy system

+ Features a direct attachment method to ClosureTurf with no penetrations

+ Achieves industry-best power density per unit area and for the entire site

+ Enables installation on landfill slopes up to 2:1

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+ Includes a 40-year performance warranty

+ Makes ClosureTurf eligible for the Federal Investment Tax Credit in some instances

Watershed Solar Development provides peace of mind to ClosureTurf site owners and operators due to the combined geotechnical engineering of Watershed Geosynthetics and solar energy expertise of ISM Solar Development.

The company prioritizes a “Do No Harm” strategy to ensure the long-term integrity and performance of ClosureTurf. Watershed Solar Development integrates ClosureTurf and solar maintenance to provide maximum financial benefit, quality assurance, and risk management to its customers.

Watershed Solar Development is positioned for success, with a pipeline of MSW, industrial landfill and brownfield projects approaching 125 megawatts in total. Watershed Solar Development’s first project began development in late 2019 at the 22-acre Cranston, Rhode Island, Sanitary Landfill. The 3.5-megawatt community solar project will provide electric bill savings to Rhode Island homeowners.

“After many years of geotechnical evaluation, wind tunnel testing, and long-term field demonstrations performed in extreme weather conditions, we are thrilled with this partnership that pulls together industry expertise to execute on this unprecedented way to convert land from financial liabilities to long-term reliable assets,” says Mike Ayers, CEO of Watershed Geo.

“We have seen firsthand how ClosureTurf provides economic and environmental value to customers and communities. We aim to build on that by delivering additional revenue, savings, and clean energy. Our approach is to leverage ClosureTurf’s unique characteristics to improve the closure and solar bottom line for the benefit of all stakeholders,” says Greg Lucini CEO of ISM Solar Development.

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