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(If others think this should go to a different subforum, I totally understand... just let me know)





Last week, Houston, TX Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that Sunnyside Energy, led by developer Dori Wolfe of Wolfe Energy LLC, has won a competition to be considered to repurpose a 240-acre former landfill in Sunnyside. Subject to meeting certain terms and conditions, the team will construct one of the largest urban solar farms in Texas., if not the largest.

In 2017, Mayor Turner joined C40 Reinventing Cities – a global competition for innovative carbon-free and resilient urban projects. Together with 13 other cities across the globe, underutilized parcels of land were identified for redevelopment. Through this competition, the Sunnyside Energy team of engineers, architects, neighborhood groups, and artists have created a vision to transform the unmaintained closed landfill into a beacon of sustainability and resiliency.

The preliminary design calls for the development of a 70-MW ballasted solar array that would:

  • Generate enough electricity to supply about 12,000 homes
  • Prevent potential future environmental hazards posed by the landfill
  • Provide power discounts for low-income residents in the neighborhood
  • Train and employ local labor
  • Store and filter stormwater on the tract to help reduce flooding
  • Include educational attributes at the restored site




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5 minutes ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

Yes, this should be moved out of the Third Ward area forum to the Other Neighborhoods forum. Sunnyside is not even close to Third Ward. One is in the southeast Houston (Sunnyside), the other is isn't.

But this is a cool project for the neighborhood.

I mean it's really not that far from UofH but sure, I moved it. 


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7 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

But on this project...

I drove through Sunnyside last month exploring that side of town. There is plenty of renovations happening. A lot of new two-story homes and non-section 8 townhomes being built, increase usage of solar panels on homes, park revitalization, and saw Worthing High School was either renovated or had a new build out recently (maybe in the last 5 years). 

This area's proximity to NRG, 288, and the Beltway makes this a prime area for redevelopment and development. It's not going to happen overnight, it's going to be a long road ahead. But I can see in the next 10 to 15 years, that solar farms and more will further facilitate needed attention and improvements there.



That's great news. I'll have to check that area out.

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Hopes rise that proposed solar farm will transform former Sunnyside landfill site



“A landfill is that sort of rare piece of land where we don’t want to live on top of it or be right next to it, and the fact that you can reuse it for local clean electricity — that’s really exciting, it’s a great combination,” said Nathanael Greene, senior renewable energy advocate at the Natural Resources Defense Council.



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That's not just a Houston issue - that's nationwide. With so much of an increase in online ordering (only accelerated by COVID 19), there's a neverending need for warehouse space. I'm not sure what the solution is - maybe encouraging retailers to convert their increasingly underutilized big box stores into primarily warehouses with a small showroom and pickup area?

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