To build a solar power plant we need LAND for installing trackers with photovoltaic modules. We believe that installation of trackers on a closed landfill site is an opportunity to make a good use of a degraded land and to give it a completely new character.
According to the ARSO (Environmental Agency of the RS) data, there are 83 registered landfill sites (12 inert, 69 non-hazardous, 2 hazardous) in Slovenia. Of those, 60 are municipal and 23 are industrial sites.
In previous years, due to the requirements of the European Union and environmental protection permits, such landfill sites were gradually subjected to closure. As a result, by 2013 only 15 landfill sites or, in more suitable terms, regional waste management centres, will be operating. Therefore the classic dumping grounds, where heaps of waste is collected, will soon be a thing of the past.
However, degraded land remains. And according to the SURS (Statistical Office of the RS) data from 2001, there are around 403 ha of degraded land in Slovenia. We live in the proximity of the Dobova landfill site, the surface of which is approximately 8 ha.
On this surface we can build a power plant with 3 MW of power, which yearly produces 4,000,000 kWh of electric energy. According to the data of the Statistical Office of the RS, an average household consumes 3,000 kWh of electric energy per year. This means that such power plant could supply 1,400 families.
If we transfer the calculation to the surface of degraded land available in Slovenia, this means that we can install solar power stations with a total of 153 MW. This way we can supply electric energy to 72,000 households.