North Providence mayor sees money in former landfill


The mayor of North Providence said a municipal landfill shut for 17 years could be a moneymaker from solar power.

The Providence Journal reported that Mayor Charles Lombardi said the 16-acre property could bring in as much as $100,000 to $150,000 a year.

He said much of the income would come from an energy company interested in using the site for a solar panel farm. Lombardi said he envisions a large collection of panels on about 13 acres.

Lombardi said town officials could lease the land to a solar energy developer or lease the property and collect a fee for maintaining the solar equipment.

He also said North Providence could lease 2 acres to KR Auto Salvage for temporary storage of damaged automobiles for at least $16,000 a year.

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