Member Spotlight: Brightfields Development LLC

BRIGHTFIELDS DEVELOPMENT LLC (“Brightfields”) develops solar power projects on dormant properties, including landfills, Brownfields and Superfund sites. The Brightfields team converts dormant, often blighted sites into solar power generation facilities. Established in 2009 under common ownership with Renova Partners LLC (“Renova”), a Brownfields redeveloper, Brightfields is headquartered in Wellesley, MA. The core Brightfields Development team is made up of accomplished professionals with decades of experience in energy project development, energy project finance, electrical and geotechnical engineering, landfill operations and management, construction management and government and community relations.

Brightfields is active in the redevelopment of closed municipal landfills and highly contaminated properties in Massachusetts as well as in other states having solar incentive programs. In Massachusetts, for example, all major pre-construction milestones are completed for the 3.6MW solar system Brightfields is developing on the closed landfill in Scituate, Massachusetts. The project is on schedule to commence operations in the first quarter of 2012. “We will proudly point to our completed projects in New England,” says John Hanselman, Managing Principal. “Our experience in Scituate MA has been a smooth and rewarding public/private partnership.” Brightfields is also developing a 20MW solar project in East St. Louis, IL on a bauxite residue disposal area. The project combines a responsible remedial solution with an innovative foundation for a solar project and exemplifies Brightfields’ ability to conceive and implement solutions that satisfy regulators, responsible corporations and host communities.

“We are hands-on, builder-developers who know from experience the value of effective teamwork and communications when taking a project through the development process to commissioning and beyond” said Pete Pedersen, Managing Principal. Renova has successfully completed every redevelopment it has undertaken and has never been cited for any violation or default on any environmental project. Mr. Pedersen continues, “We intend to have the same impeccable track record with all our solar development projects.”

All members of the Brightfields team are long-term residents of Massachusetts. Pete Pedersen adds, “We applaud the New England Council’s commitment to promoting economic growth and a high quality of life in the New England region. Our support of the New England Council’s efforts is a priority because our involvement gives us unparalleled access in small group settings to the government leaders who shape the future of the solar energy industry. This exposure helps us develop our strategies for growth. We are confident that the Council’s respected voice on Capitol Hill will help maximize the Commonwealth’s chances of reaching its Green Community goal of 270 MW of Solar power by 2017.”

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