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March 9, 2020

Mt. Trashmore’s evolution

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

Based on grumblings I’ve heard on the periphery I seem to recall that it’s challenging to get solar panels installed. But tonight, at the Planning Board meeting, AMP is putting forward a proposal to install a solar array at the old Dolittle Landfill site.

From the staff report:

The project consists of a Use Permit to allow the construction and operation of a 2.0 megawatt photovoltaic solar facility on an 11-acre portion of the 33.2-acre Doolittle Landfill site with approximately 7,830 fixed-tilt solar array modules on site.

The property is owned and maintained by the City of Alameda and contains the Doolittle solid waste landfill that began operation in 1953 and was closed in 1985. The landfill is currently being monitored by the City while decomposition occurs beneath the landfill cap. A future open space park is planned for the property in approximately 25 years when conditions of the site are anticipated to be safe for public use. The term of the proposed Use Permit will be up to 25 years.

It doesn’t look as though there is any public correspondence about the array, but all in all it seems like a really great idea for a space that is not being actively used and won’t be able to be actively used by the public for at least 25 years.

Of course I have no idea how many hours of electricity that is or how many homes it will be powering but it does align nicely with AMP’s commitment to using green sources for energy.


  1. The CofA changes their minds about Mt Trashmore about every 5 years so I wouldn’t hold my breath about AMP getting it.

    Comment by Jack — March 9, 2020 @ 8:24 am

  2. I think it would be a good use of that land since it can’t be used for anything else. I am hoping to get Solar on my roof this year, I eventually will change out the water heater and gas dryer to electric if that happens. Our next car will be electric mainly as a commute car. We will use the Prius or Rouge for longer trips. The Prius gets like 48mpg and the Rouge gets like 30mpg.

    Comment by joelsf — March 9, 2020 @ 10:54 am

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