New solar plant comes online to cut Pennsylvania emissions

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A new solar farm with a power generating capacity of 17.5MW in Franklin County has begun operations, contributing to further decarbonization in Pennsylvania.

Lightsource bp has commenced the commercial operations of the Elk Hill Solar 2, which will help the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to reduce its carbon footprint.

The solar project, which was announced on Earth Day in 2020, was developed under a power purchase agreement with SEPTA.

Lightsource bp will own and operated the Elk Hill Solar 2, which will generate an estimated 27,377MWh of clean and solar energy sufficient to power more than 2,500 U.S. homes annually.

The power generated by the solar farm will cover nearly 10% of SEPTA’s 380,000 MWh per year electricity demand.

“This project is a win-win, creating good-paying jobs for Pennsylvanians while locking in low prices with a clean energy source for SEPTA,” said SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T. Deon, Sr.

“We’re excited to be a part of moving the Commonwealth’s energy industry forward.”

The solar farm will contribute to Pennsylvania’s goals to diversify its energy portfolio and increase security with locally generated power.

In addition, the facility is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 19,360 metric tons of CO2 annually, which is equivalent to offsetting the emissions of 4,180 fuel burning cars annually.

“Transit is inherently sustainable, and this is just another example of how solar investment benefits, not just the environment, but the transit industry as a whole,” said SEPTA General Manager, Leslie S. Richards.

“Supporting the development of local renewable energy is another way we can deepen our positive environmental impact and this premier project will start the charge in achieving our long-term and ambitious sustainability goals in this vital field, which will only become more important in the future.”