70MW powering 25% of Penn State University’s state-wide electricity needs
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.
Site selection & preliminary design
Permitting & environmental studies
Land management & biodiversity planning
Final engineering, financing & construction
Operation & maintenance
Decommissioning & recyling
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 $14 million 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 sites, 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 – commercial operation of the first site commenced in December 2019 with full project completion expected by summer 2020.
Both Penn State and Lightsource bp are incredibly proud of this solar project, and the opportunities it will offer both organisations, Penn State students and the local communities.
metric tons of CO2 saved per year
fuel-burning cars taken off road (equivalent)
of Penn State's annual power demand supplied
local jobs created
Information & resources
We’ve put together a collection of resources for anyone who’d like to know more about our Penn State solar project:
If you’d like to find out more about this project, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the form below. We aim to get back to you within five working days.
In the community
Lightsource bp’s model is to develop, own and operate our solar farms throughout their full life cycle. With solar farms having a life span of more than 25 years, it’s important to us that we’re stewards of the land and long-term partners of local communities.