Solar Project at Ivy

Project Description

Rivanna Solid Waste Authority Board of Directors authorized a land lease contract with a developer to install a solar array at the Ivy Material Utilization Center (IMUC or former Ivy Landfill) on June 27, 2017. The array, located on 10-14 acres of the old landfill site, will generate an estimated 2 megawatts of electricity annually, which is enough to power about 1,000 homes per year. The landfill cover will remain undisturbed as concrete pads will be placed on top of the landfill cap to support the solar arrays. This project will bring in $10,000 per year in revenue over the 25 year period. The land lease contract with Community Power Group, based in Bethesda, Maryland should be signed by the end of August 2017. Construction is tentatively slated to begin the Summer of 2018.

Design Information

The project will be minimally invasive as not to disturb the landfill cap. The grass layer will be removed and replaced with a thin layer of gravel. A cement “ballast block” will be placed or constructed on top of the gravel layer; the cement block will be used to support the metal frame to which the solar panels are mounted. After installation, the panels are wired together with on-site controls and will be connected to the Dominion Energy electrical grid.


  • Land lease payments would total $250,000 over the 25 year life of the project.
  • Revenue from this project would support the Environmental Programs which manage the closed landfill expenses in the RSWA budget.
  • The 10-14 acres of land to be utilized for this project is generally part of closed Cell 2-Unlined; this cell has no plans for future development and therefore is considered an unusable “brownfield” site.
  • The renewable electric energy produced by this solar project will power approximately 1,000 homes.
  • The project developer plans to pursue a power purchase agreement (PPA) with an organization in our community that supports disadvantaged residents.
  • This project aligns with RSWA and the community’s desire to pursue and support environmentally sustainable projects.
  • The solar panels can be removed and the land restored upon project completion.

Plans for Solar Arrays at Ivy


  • Contracting – August 2017
  • Permitting, Utility Interconnection, Power Purchase Agreement – January 2018
  • Dominion Energy RFP Selection – January 2018
  • Construction Begins – Summer 2018
  • Project Completion – December 2018

Solar Project FAQs

“Will there be a lot of glare from the solar panels?” and other questions answered here.

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