An electrical resistance heating system in California is expected to shave 120 years off the time line for cleaning up the Frontier Fertilizer toxic waste site in the town of Davis. The system was partially funded by $2.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and it is the first time ever that solar will provide all of the power for a Superfund groundwater cleanup.
The new treatment plant is seen as setting the benchmark for future actions. Installing solar panels at the site will result in energy savings of $15000/yr and reduce CO2 emissions a well, according to the EPA. These are the kind of smart and targeted investments that are a win-win for the environment and the economy as they create jobs and position communities like Davis as clean energy leaders.