In 2012, LCSWMA flipped the switch on a solar energy project installed at our Transfer Station Complex in Lancaster. The project includes 2,000 solar panels that reside on the roofs of the Transfer Building, Small Vehicle Drop-Off Building, Household Hazardous Waste Facility and Maintenance Building.
Collectively, these panels provide around 80% of the annual electric needs for the entire complex.
So, how does it work?
1) The sun produces a vast amount of energy though the process of nuclear fusion. The light energy produced by nuclear fusion travels 93 million miles to Earth where it can be utilized as an energy source through solar panel technology.
2) Each solar panel consists of numerous solar cells. These cells absorb the sun’s light energy through semiconductors and converts it into electrical energy. This process generates direct current (DC) electricity which is then routed to an inverter.
3) Next, the inverter converts the electricity generated by the solar panels into alternating current (AC), which is the form of electricity used in consumer appliances, lighting and heating/cooling systems.
4) Finally, any electricity generated that is not used is fed into the utility grid where it can be used by other customers.
Last year, the solar project generated 577,816 kilowatt hours of electricity, which is enough to power an equivalent of around 578 homes.
LCSWMA’s solar energy project helps to reduce our consumption and dependency on the energy grid. This project exemplifies our innovative and progressive approach to waste management and our commitment to sustainability.
To learn more about our solar energy project, view our solar energy generation live and see how the solar process works, visit our Solar Dashboard.
Solar panel installation on the Transfer Building in 2012.
Solar panels produce no pollution and cause no harmful environmental effects.
Solar inverter boxes at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
View of solar panels on the Small Vehicle Drop-Off Building.