PV – SEPTA solar farm now operational
The Elk Hill Solar 2 solar park was developed, owned and operated by Lightsource bp. It is one of two solar parks that SEPTA and Lightsource bp announced on Earth Day in 2020. The solar parks will generate an estimated 27,377 MWh of clean and affordable solar power, or nearly 10 percent of SEPTA’s annual electricity needs at 380,000 MWh per year – equivalent to an annual energy supply of more than 2,500 US households.
Generation from a solar park of this size and type should reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 19,360 tons of CO2 annually, which is equivalent to offsetting the emissions of 4,180 fuel-burning cars per year. It also supports Pennsylvania’s goals of generating a percentage of clean electricity from solar photovoltaics, which will help diversify the state’s energy portfolio and increase security with locally generated electricity.
“This project is a win-win, creating high-paying jobs for Pennsylvanians while delivering low prices with a clean source of energy for SEPTA,” said Pasquale T. Deon, Sr., chairman of SEPTA’s Commonwealth of Energy advance. “
Leslie S. Richards, General Manager of SEPTA, added that transit is inherently sustainable and that this is just another example of how solar investments benefit not just the environment but the transit industry as a whole. “
“Supporting the development of local renewable energies is another way to deepen our positive environmental impact. With this world-class project, we can achieve our long-term and ambitious sustainability goals in this important area that will only become even more important in the future, said Mr. Richards.
Lightsource bp and project investors have fully funded the project, an estimated $ 18 million investment in energy infrastructure for Pennsylvania. Not only does Elk Hill Solar 2 provide inexpensive, locally generated renewable energy, it also creates 100 jobs during the construction of the facility. Over 43,800 bifacial solar panels, collecting solar energy from both sides of the module, were installed on approximately 80 acres. The solar panels follow the sun during the day to collect the optimal amount of sunlight.
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Light source bp
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)