U.S. EPA Contaminated Site Cleanup Information (CLU-IN)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division
Renewable Energy Applications

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Micro-Scale Units for Monitoring

Mobile Systems

Energy at Remote

Portable Cleanup Units
with Energy Collectors

Windmill for
Powering SVE

Solar Energy Meets
100% of P&T Demand

Grid Tie

Hybrid Wind & Solar System

Hydropower for
Mining Area Cleanup

Energy for Cleanup
and Potential Site

Re-Use of Former
Landfill Area

Expanding Utility-Scale
Systems for Ongoing

Fact sheets, online tools, examples, and general planning reports are available from various federal agencies and partnerships to help project decision-makers integrate sources of renewable energy into assessment and remediation of contaminated sites.

Best Practices

Best Practices for Siting Solar Photovoltaics on Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (PDF) (79 pp, 4.5MB). U.S. EPA and U.S. DOE/NREL. February 2013.

Green Remediation Best Management Practices: Integrating Renewable Energy into Site Cleanup (PDF) (8 pp, 335.02K). U.S. EPA/OSWER. EPA 542-F-11-006. April 2011.

Tools for Screening and Planning

Cost of Renewable Energy Spreadsheet Tool (CREST), an economic cash flow model to assess projects involving solar, wind, or geothermal technologies, design suitable cost-based incentives, and evaluate the impact of tax incentives or other support structures. U.S. DOE/NREL.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE). North Carolina Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, U.S.DOE/EERE, and U.S. DOE/NREL.

Dynamic maps, GIS data, & analysis tools for wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and other energy resources. U.S. DOE/NREL.

Power Profiler, an online tool to estimate air emissions associated with electricity consumption in a given zip-code area, based on the fuel mix used by the electricity provider. U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership.

PVWatts™, an online calculator to determine energy production and cost savings of grid-connected photovoltaic energy systems. U.S. DOE/NREL.

RE-Powering Mapper, an online tool providing preliminary screening results on renewable energy potential at contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites tracked by the U.S. EPA and select state agencies. U.S. EPA RE-Powering America's Land initiative.

RETScreen clean energy project analysis software. Natural Resources Canada.

Site-Specific Examples

Alternative Energy: From a Toxic Past to a Renewable Future. U.S. EPA Superfund Redevelopment Initiative. 2012. video icon

Green Remediation and the Use of Renewable Energy Sources for Remediation Projects (PDF) (55 pp, 627.96K). Amanda Dellens, EPA/OSWER fellowship. August 2007.

Groundwater Remediation Powered by a Renewable Energy Source (PDF) (72 pp, 2.5MB). Curt Elmore and Ron Gallagher, Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla). September 2005.

Technology News and Trends, highlighting site remediation projects with onsite renewable energy systems. U.S. EPA/OSWER. Issue No. 47: EPA 542-N-10-002. April 2010.

Technology News and Trends, highlighting green remediation strategies including use of renewable energy sources to power treatment systems. U.S. EPA/OSWER. Issue No. 36: EPA 542-N-08-003. May 2008.

Technology News and Trends, highlighting site remediation projects with onsite renewable energy systems. U.S. EPA/OSWER. Issue No. 30: EPA 542-N-06-009. May 2007.

Related Planning Reports

Combined Heat and Power: A Clean Energy Solution (PDF) (24 pp, 924K). U.S. DOE and U.S. EPA. DOE/EE-0779. August 2012.

Distributed Generation Energy Technology Capital Costs, a series of annually updated charts indicating recent capital and operation and maintenance costs for grid-renewable energy systems of various size ranges. U.S. DOE/NREL Energy Analysis.

Guide to Using Combined Heat and Power for Enhancing Reliability and Resiliency in Buildings (PDF) (20 pp, 834K). U.S. DOE and U.S. EPA. September 2013.

RE-Powering America's Land - Siting Renewable Energy on Potentially Contaminated Properties: Liabliity Considerations (PDF) (2 pp, 100.37K). U.S. EPA/OECA and U.S. EPA/OSWER. March 2011.

Smart Energy Resources Guide. Prepared by Jennifer Wang for the U.S. EPA/ORD National Risk Management Research Laboratory & Region 9 under the Regional Applied Research Effort program. EPA 600/R-08/049. March 2008.

Solar Power Installations on Closed Landfills: Technical and Regulatory Considerations (PDF) (36 pp, 1.16MB). Gabriel Sampson, U.S. EPA/OSWER fellowship. September 2009.

Superfund Landfill Methane-to-Energy Pilot Project (PDF) (143 pp, 7.51MB). U.S. EPA/OSWER Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation. OSWER 9200.081. December 2010.

Waste Not, Want Not: Analyzing the Economic and Environmental Viability of Waste-to-Energy (WTE) Technology for Site-Specific Optimization of Renewable Energy Options. U.S. DOE/NREL. Technical Report NREL/TP-6A50-52829. February 2013.

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