WASTE EVOLUTION: Solar Generation Systems on Landfills Case Study- An Australian First

WASTE EVOLUTION: Solar Generation Systems on Landfills Case Study- An Australian First

12 Oct 2017, 14:30 - 15:15

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre


As landfills have very little utility once capped, due to issues of settlement and landfill gas, they are ideal locations for solar development. Solar generation systems on landfills can provide an economically viable reuse for sites that may have significant clean-up costs and little potential for commercial development.

However, installing a solar system on a capped landfill presents a series of unique challenges. Unlike regular solar installations on virgin ground, landfills have explosive levels of gas, experience significant land settlement, have strict environmental regulations and in most cases extensive landfill gas infrastructure.

Recognising these challenges, Joule Energy Pty Ltd designed and implemented the first solar generation system of its kind on an Australian landfill. The project, situated in Wollert, Victoria, was built to demonstrate what engineering options are possible to deal with the distinct challenges that are unique to landfills. This activity received funding from ARENA as part of ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Programme. 

The session will provide an overview of the lessons learnt from delivering this Australian first project, with a focus on different approaches to ballasting and anchoring PV frames in a landfill environment.


  • Matthew Falzon


    Commercial Development Manager, Joule Energy and LMS Energy.

Opening Times
Wed 11 Oct Exhibition 9.00am – 5.00pm
Thur 12 Oct Exhibition 9.00am – 5.00pm

Registration opens 8.00am

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