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Penn State is one of the largest and most esteemed U.S. universities, educating 100,000 students on 24 campuses across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In February 2019, Penn State and Lightsource BP announced that they’d signed a 25-year contract for clean, renewable electricity to power the university.
The agreement is for 70 megawatts of large-scale offsite solar, providing 25% of Penn State’s state-wide electricity requirements. This development will enable the university to achieve its goal of a 35% greenhouse gas reduction by 2020, while saving millions of dollars on their electricity bills and providing long-term budget certainty. The project also supports Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS), which mandates that a certain percentage of electricity be generated by solar photovoltaics, helping to diversify the Commonwealth’s energy portfolio and increase security with locally generated power.
One of the largest in the state, the project is comprised of over 150,000 solar panels installed across three locations, encompassing approximately 500 acres of land in Franklin County, outside of Chambersburg, and near Penn State’s Mont Alto campus. The project will be 100% financed, built, maintained and operated by Lightsource BP – construction is expected to be completed by summer 2020.