Carlisle Energy Services Inc. is getting out of the solar-powered landfill cover business, citing "the very slow adoption of new capping technologies by the landfill industry" as one of the factors in the decision.
The company sent a letter to customers Aug. 30 that also indicated a lack of reliable flexible solar panel vendors also played into the decision.
Carlisle Energy Services took ownership of the business in early 2010 from Republic Services Inc. At the time, Republic Services said its core business was managing solid waste. A company official said the company is best served by focusing on that mission while supporting technological advances.
Carlisle Energy Services said closure of its Landfill Solutions division was immediate.
Republic Services has covered portions of its Tessman Road landfill in San Antonio, Texas, and Hickory Ridge landfill in Conley, Ga., with geomembrane covers that include flexible photovoltaic strips that generates electricity.
Carlisle Energy Services is a subsidiary of Carlisle Construction Materials Inc.