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Renewable Energy Installations on Closed Industrial Sites: An Overlooked Economic Opportunity

Redevelopment of contaminated properties is challenging even in the best of economic times. Renewable energy projects offer a meaningful alternative for property owners, communities, and regulators seeking to return impacted properties to productive use.

This webinar presentation addressed the opportunities, challenges, and solutions of locating renewable energy facilities on closed industrial and other potentially contaminated sites. The webinar presented a variety of perspectives and offered practical suggestions on new strategies for site cleanup and redevelopment. It will present the experience of a property owner working on renewable energy projects on contaminated properties and project case studies. The presenters included a representative from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, environmental attorneys from Spencer Fane Britt and Browne, the St. Louis County Economic Council, and a consultant from GBA Architects + Engineers. These panelists discussed EPA’s initiatives that encourage such projects, the legal framework for such renewable energy projects including liability protections, and project development keys such as permitting, project management, contracts, and potential funding mechanisms. Finally, the representative from St. Louis County Economic Council offered a local government perspective on such projects.

This webinar will be of interest to community and economic development officials, remediation project managers, consultants, lawyers, and advisers involved in redeveloping industrial sites, Brownfields projects, reducing carbon footprints, reducing energy costs, and renewable energy installations.

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