RE-Powering America's Land:	Kansas city, Missouri
Evaluating the Feasibility of Siting Renewable Energy Production
on Potentially Contaminated Land
Feasibility Studies to RE-Power Communities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's RE-Powering America's Land initiative
encourages renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated
land and mine sites when it is aligned with the community's vision for the site. EPA
and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
are collaborating on a project to evaluate the feasibility of siting renewable energy
production on potentially contaminated sites.This effort pairs EPA's expertise on
contaminated sites with NREL's expertise in renewable energy. The feasibility studies
will provide site owners and communities with a realistic and achievable plan for
putting renewable energy on a given site.
Site Description
The 327-acre Municipal Farm site is a group of brownfield properties owned by the
City of Kansas City. The property includes the Round Grove Creek Landfill and the
Western Portion sites. Operating between 1971 and 1972, the Round Grove Creek
Landfill accepted about 70,000 tons of domestic, construction, demolition, and
hospital wastes. The Western Portion sites saw various uses including a police firing
range, bomb detonation field, and a state-approved deposit of fill material from
a nearby steel plant. A third site, the Health Emergency Hazmat site, also may be
Community Goals
The Round Grove Creek Landfill offers 14.3 acres of clear, level land located less than
500 feet from a public utility substation and power lines, giving it strong potential
for solar energy production. The Western Portion of the Municipal Farm property
contains about 19 acres of eligible brownfield sites and 120 acres of additional
vacant, level property within a quarter mile of power lines and railroad lines. It may
be suitable for biopower development. The proposed renewable energy feasibility
study will be integrated into a concurrent area-wide, master-planning process for the Municipal Farm brownfield sites.
Feasibility Study: Solar or Biopower
EPA and NREL are collaborating to conduct a study on the potential for solar or biopower potential generation on the Municipal
Farm site. The feasibility study will evaluate the technical and economic opportunities and challenges at the site. It will:
¦	Provide a preliminary analysis of the viability of the site;
¦	Assess solar resource availability or biopower potential;
¦	Identify possible system or facility size, design and location; and
¦	Review the economics of the proposed facility.
Municipal Farm Site
Kansas City, Missouri
Site Facts:
Site type: Brownfield, Landfill
Renewable technology: Solar or Biopower
EPA Region 7
Shelley Brodie
EPA Headquarters
Lura Matthews
(202) 566-2539
National Renewable Energy Lab
Gail Mosey
(303) 384-7356
The information presented in this fact sheet comes
from the proposal; EPA cannot attest to the accuracy of
this information. Therefore, activities described in this
fact sheet are subject to change.
For more information, visit or contact
Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
November 2011