SEPTEMBER 2008

Houston solar project granted $50,000 by EPA

The City of Houston has been awarded $50,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help develop a solar energy plant on the site of a former landfill.

Funding for the project is part of more than $500,000 in grants announced by the EPA for 16 Brownfields Sustainability Pilots nationwide.

“EPA continues to use the brownfields program to stimulate both environmental and economic success,” said EPA Regional Administrator Richard E. Greene. “These pilots will demonstrate best practices that can be used by other communities across the country.”

The Houston project seeks to revitalize a 300-acre former landfill site located near downtown. Funding from EPA will help with evaluating the various environmental, engineering, and regulatory issues involved in the project. Assistance will also help conduct solar energy production and financial feasibility studies.