PNL updates EPA Region 5 staff on developing PV solar projects on landfills

Ian Webster was one of two outside speakers at a July 25, 2013 EPA Region V Information Session for RCRA and CERCLA Project Managers on “Renewable Energy on Contaminated Land.” Dr. Webster’s presentation focused on the technical and administrative opportunities and challenges associated with developing MW scale PV power installations on closed landfill sites. The session was held at EPA’s Chicago offices. Dr. Webster’s slide decks for his US EPA Region V presentations on developing MW scale PV projects on closed landfills or Brownfield sites can be downloaded here.

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 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.

Coeur Rochester Mine Seeking Solar Power Sources

By Solar Industry Staff –

Project Navigator Ltd. (PNL) has been retained by Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. to assist in the development of a prospective solar development on the mine’s behalf.

PNL says it is seeking written proposals from renewable energy developers to negotiate and enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA) to provide all planning, permitting, financing, engineering, procurement, construction, operation, monitoring and maintenance of a solar power installation under a 25-year PPA at the Coeur Rochester Mine in Rochester, Nev.

The mine operates with a system-wide electrical usage totaling approximately 35 GWh on an average operating year.

The submission deadline is Oct. 17.

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

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Project Navigator, Ltd.’s Solar Team Wins Contract from U.S. Army

PNL’s PVNavigator Group has won a contract from the U.S. Army to assess the viability of using solar power to run remote electrical equipment at Fort Irwin, California. Fort Irwin is a major training area for the U.S. Military, and is located in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County. Facilities currently powered by generators, in training and containment areas, will be reviewed. The first phase of work includes the preparation of a work plan, site visits, modeling computations and recommendations.

Project Navigator, Ltd. Discusses Solar Power Opportunities on Brownfield Sites at National Brownfield Association Meeting in Sacramento

PNL’s Ian Webster discussed how solar facilities can be sited on Brownfield Sites at NBA’s Sacramento Meeting on January 14, 2010. The talk discussed how smaller, urban-located PV facilities, which are close to transmission and load, can be more quickly permitted, financed brought online, than larger competing facilities located in the desert southwest. Webster gave examples of projects which PNL is pursuing.

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