Solar, Sourcing Renewables - April 22, 2020
Philly transit authority to source 20% of electricity from two Penn. solar farms
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) completed a long-term PPA for 43.8 MW of energy from two Pennsylvania solar projects and intends to use the energy generated for nearly 20% of their electricity demand.
SEPTA provides transportation for the Greater Philadelphia region and it is estimated that the clean energy generated from the two solar farms will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 47,390 tons annually, which is equivalent to offsetting the emissions of 500 of SEPTA’s buses each year.
“This project is a win-win, creating good-paying jobs for Pennsylvanians while locking in low prices with a clean energy source for SEPTA,” SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T. Deon, Sr. said in a statement. “We’re excited to be a part of moving the Commonwealth’s energy industry forward.”
The transit authority completed the agreement with Lightsource BP, who will finance, build, own and operate the two Franklin County solar farms, which are expected to generate an annual total of 67,029 MWh of energy and will account for 20% of SEPTA’s electricity use. The projects will include the installation of over 120,000 solar panels across two locations.
“Transit is inherently sustainable, and supporting the development of local renewable energy is another way we can deepen our positive environmental impact,” said SEPTA General Manager, Leslie S. Richards. “The agreement will help us achieve our long-term and ambitious sustainability goals in this vital field, which will only become more important as we emerge from this crisis.”