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In early 2019, Lightsource BP and Pennsylvania State University entered a 25 year contract for output from 70MW of in-state solar projects. The three-site project, located in Franklin County, PA, will offset 25% of university’s electricity use with clean, sustainable power demonstrate the University’s climate leadership and will provide extensive educational opportunities.
Situated on 500 acres across three different locations in Franklin County, PA, the cumulative 70 MW of Whitetail Solar 1-3 is a bi-facial, single-axis tracking PV project delivering energy and SRECs to Pennsylvania State University, one of the country’s largest and most esteemed universities. This portfolio of offsite solar projects is the largest solar PPA in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and benefits from in-state compliance SRECs. The project will provide 25% of Penn State’s state-wide electricity use, will enable Penn State to achieve its goal of a 35% reduction in greenhouse gases (GHG) by 2020, and supports Pennsylvania’s state goal of procuring renewable energy to offset 40% of the Commonwealth’s annual electricity use.
The development of three sites generates the equivalent carbon emissions savings of taking 13,350 passenger vehicles off the road, and is designed to support the University’s Strategic Plan, which cites stewardship of the planet’s resources as a key priority.
When the deal was announced, the following statements were released:
“This project is a win for Penn State, a win for Pennsylvania and a win for the environment,” said Rob Cooper, senior director of Energy and Engineering in the Penn State Office of Physical Plant. “Among the many benefits of this significant investment in solar-based electric generation include cost savings, lower greenhouse gas emissions in support of Penn State’s aggressive sustainability goals, economic development with job creation and income for host communities through development of the Pennsylvania solar market”
“I’m thrilled to be supporting another solar project that will provide a number of benefits to the University,” said David Gray, senior vice president for Finance and Business at Penn State. “This project not only provides the University with a reliable and sustainable energy source, but continues our progress toward our GHG reduction goals. In addition, our goals and this project align with Governor Wolf’s executive order establishing the first statewide goal to reduce carbon pollution and procure renewable energy to offset at least 40 percent of the Commonwealth’s annual electricity usage.”
“It has been a pleasure and an honor working with Penn State and we look forward to delivering affordable, local solar to our Penn State partners,” said Katherine Ryzhaya, Lightsource BP’s Chief Commercial Officer “Our Pennsylvania-located solar projects will drive economic development and job growth, increase biodiversity, support Penn State’s sustainability goals, and provide a cleaner, healthier environment for the community. These projects demonstrate Lightsource BP’s strength in addressing the unique needs of universities and local communities.”