Solar development by PNL and PVN atop Milliken Sanitary Landfill now operational

Project Navigator, Ltd., and sister company PVNavigator, celebrate the Commercial Operation Date of their utility scale solar development atop the County of San Bernardino’s closed Milliken Sanitary Landfill in Ontario, CA. The 3.1 MW PV solar project is now generating the equivalent of 500 homes of renewable energy, selling power under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to Southern California Edison (SCE). More is here.

PNL’s Dr. Halil Kavak participated as a judge in USC’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Annual Student Research Symposium

PNL staff members Dr. Ian A. Webster and Dr. Nariman Nourbakhsh were invited to participate and speak at The Solar Qatar Summit 2014, in Doha, Qatar, supported by Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation. Their presentation on behalf of PV Navigator, LLC, focused on the need for strategic facility-location planning to go hand in hand with ambitious plans to develop a PV solar power platform to power Qatar, meet greenhouse gas reduction goals and complement what will eventually be, declining oil and gas reserves. The talk drew upon PVN’s experiences and capabilities in the USA in developing MW scale PV installations on closed landfills and brownfield sites. The need to use land judiciously and sustainably in Qatar for PV development is driven by limited land availability to host MW-scale projects. Some project sites were proposed in the PNL talk.

PVNavigator contributed to the U.S. EPA’s and NREL’s recently-released (February 2013) document titled “Best Practices for Siting Solar Photovoltaics on Municipal Solid Waste Landfills.”

PVNavigator contributed to the U.S. EPA’s and NREL’s recently-released (February 2013) document titled ” Best Practices for Siting Solar Photovoltaics on Municipal Solid Waste Landfills.” The document was created to provide assistance in addressing common technical challenges and identifying the benefits for siting PV on MSW landfills. PVNavigator’s graphics can be found on pages 9 and 37 of the PDF document.

PVN Participates in the EDIN-USVI Energy Workshop

PVN’s Dr. Ian A. Webster participated in the EDIN-USVI Energy Workshop held in Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI. The workshop focused on ongoing projects and strategies for the USVI to achieve 60% clean energy by 2025. These programs are part of the Energy Development in Island Nations (EDIN)-U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) project launched in 2010 with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. PVN’s specific business focus in the USVI is the development of PV solar installations on the municipal landfill sites on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

PVN Discusses Solar on Landfills in OKC Brownfields 2012 Panel Discussion

PVN participated in the Oklahoma Brownfields Conference 2012 held in Oklahoma City, OK on May 22-23, 2012. Dr. Ian Webster of PNL discussed developing landfill based, PV solar power installations during an opening day plenary roundtable discussion. The panel was hosted by Robert Colangelo of Chicago’s Green Sense Radio Show. Other panelists were Marielle Boortz of Chevron Corp., Marianne Horinko, a former Acting Administrator at U.S. EPA, and Mike Sheriff Head of Generation Planning at OG&E Services.

Big Bear Solar Project

Project Navigator, Ltd.’s solar power development business unit, PV Navigator, LLC has recently made significant strides in bringing a 1.5MW PV facility online. The development will be located on the cap of the closed Big Bear Landfill in San Bernardino County, CA.

Read the news article from Big Bear Grizzly.

Solar Power Facility Proposed for Landfill Site

By Caroline Quintanilla – KBHR 93.3FM Big Bear News

Big Bear, Ca, February 14, 2011, 9:00am – A 2-megawatt solar power project has been proposed to top the Big Bear sanitary landfill site. Project Navigator, Ltd, a Brea, CA engineering firm has entered in to an option agreement with the County of San Bernardino to explore development of a photovoltaic facility on the closed landfill. If built, the site would provide enough power for approximately 2,000 homes, on land not usable for most other purposes. Local generation of this green power would reduce the valley’s need to import electricity and the costs associated with long transmission lines. Power from the project could move Bear Valley Electric towards its goal of providing 20% renewable power to local utility users. Building the solar facility would be expected to generate local jobs during construction and long-term jobs for maintaining the site. On Tuesday, February 15, a Power Purchase Agreement proposal will be submitted to Bear Valley Electric. When an agreement is reached, it would then be submitted to the California Public Utility Commission for review. Once a power agreement is in place, the project could then begin to seek private financing and begin the permitting process. PVNavigator, the solar power projects development group within Project Navigator, Ltd, is set to manage all phases of the project including design, permitting, financing, and implementation. Since 1997 the company has specialized in managing landfill closures and developing solar projects on the closed sites. For more information, go to the company’s website at

Project Navigator, Ltd. has entered into an option agreement with the County of San Bernardino to evaluate solar development at Big Bear Sanitary Landfill



Project Navigator, Ltd. (PNL), via its solar power projects development group, PVNavigator (PVN), has entered into a lease option agreement with the County of San Bernardino to evaluate and explore the development of a photovoltaic (PV) solar facility at the closed Big Bear Sanitary Landfill located in Big Bear, CA. The facility is planned to be sized at 2 MW (AC). Power is expected to be sold to the local Big Bear utility to assist the utility meet its renewable portfolio goals. When online, the project will be the only renewable, commercial-scale solar development in the San Bernardino Mountains.

PNL has fourteen years of experience in the reuse of closed landfills. These capabilities have been integrated with PNL�s more recently developed solar power expertise, under PVNavigator, to negotiate, engineer, finance and construct small-scale, landfill-located, distributed solar power projects nationwide.

Ian Webster, Sc.D., president of PNL, commented, “This project moves us one step closer to our goals of developing renewable, solar energy solutions on brownfields and urban-located closed landfills that are otherwise deemed as unusable land.” PVN will manage all phases of the Big Bear PV solar project including design, permitting, financing and implementation.

The landfill solar project will deliver a local, green source of power to the mountain community, while preserving land resources. With the site control option agreement in place, PNL will now enter into work on three fronts; namely, an interconnect application, CEQA compliance and power marketing.

About Project Navigator, Ltd.

Project Navigator, Ltd. (PNL), and its solar power development operating entity, PVNavigator (PVN), is a Southern California-based developer of distributed, utility scale, solar photovoltaic projects. For more information, visit or

Download our Big Bear solar development brochure.