Tour an Award-Winning Brightfield Development on a Superfund Site in Kokomo, Indiana 4/22
Innovative solar developer Innovateus Solar is hosting a tour on the former Continental Steel Superfund site, recognized by U.S. EPA for its creativity, on site on April 22.
Not long after its completion more than two years ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized a Superfund-to-solar project in Kokomo, Indiana for its achievements. For its work on this standout project, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management received EPA’s State Excellence in Supporting Reuse award for its groundbreaking and collaborative efforts with the project team and local stakeholders to see the redevelopment of the former Continental Steel site and its 7-megawatt solar project to success.
The larger 183-acre Continental Steel site is also being returned to numerous productive reuses that includes businesses, storage space, a stormwater retention basin, on-site wind turbines and a soccer complex. Future plans include additional sports fields, other recreation facilities, parking lots and a walking path.
The solar park on site (shown right) now provides power for ~1,000 homes.
“There is nothing more core to the Agency’s mission than revitalizing contaminated land,” said then EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. In this Kokomo brightfield development “IDEM has shown a commitment to protecting human health and the environment at these properties and to encouraging their reuse.”
From 1914 to 1986, a steel manufacturing facility operated on site. These intense industrial operations resulted in substantial soil, sediment, surface water and groundwater contamination. In 1986, Continental Steel filed for bankruptcy and in 1989 EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL).
Later, EPA created the “State Excellence in Supporting Reuse” award to recognize state partners whose work supporting the cleanup of Superfund sites has led to lasting benefits that enhance community quality of life and ensure the long-term protectiveness of site remedies and stewardship of the environment. After decades of progress prepping the site, the addition of Innovateus Solar’s 7 mega-watt solar development was the perfect fit within the Kokomo sites final reuse and a wonderful example of how multiple productive uses can be incorporated onto even the most complicated sites.
On April 22, 2019 Inovateus Solar will lead a rare on site tour giving you a chance to see how this award winning solar project got put together from the team who built it.
Date: April 22, 2019
Time: 1-2PM EST
Location: 1201 WEST MARKLEND AVE. KOKOMO, IN 46901
To attend: RSVP Kaylin.firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: A safety document must be signed to enter the site after RSVPing.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), a Brightfield is an abandoned or contaminated property that is redeveloped through the incorporation of solar energy, which can be many different types of solar applications including photovoltaic arrays. Brightfield development leads to economic development, environmental cleanup and improved air quality by bringing pollution free solar energy and high tech manufacturing jobs to brownfield sites. A Brightfield's current or desired use is for solar energy production, or it has been professionally designated as suitable for use as a productive solar site; typically verified by one or more third-party reports. Ready Brightfields have some, if not all, utility infrastructure already in place or may simply be near utility lines amenable to solar power distribution. Use the Brightfield tag on BL as one of the many tags in our handy Taxonomy to post any kind of property, project, RFP, RFQ or RFI or planning effort where the solar is relevant