Lightsource BP has broken ground on a 70-MW solar project for Penn State that will be installed across three locations, encompassing approximately 500 acres of land in Franklin County, outside of Chambersburg, and near Penn State’s Mont Alto campus in Pennsylvania.
“Penn State’s expertise and commitment to research has created profound opportunities for the University to address some of the most pressing economic, environmental and sustainable challenges of our time,” said Eric J. Barron, president, Penn State. “We are proud to partner with Lightsource BP on a project that will help the University meet our ambitious goal of lowering greenhouse gas emissions while also saving on our utility costs.”
Lightsource BP will finance, build, own and operate the three solar arrays, with Penn State purchasing all of the electricity generated under a 25-year power contract.
The project is estimated to save Penn State a minimum of $14 million over the contract term, while meeting 25% of the university’s state-wide electricity needs. It will also help further develop the Pennsylvania solar market and employ over 250 people during the construction period. Pollinator habitats will be included with the projects, and Penn State students will have a living laboratory to gain real-world experience in designing solar projects.
“Lightsource BP has a track record of building solar farms that enhance local biodiversity and agriculture, and we’re excited to partner with Penn State to further advance that model with our projects in Pennsylvania,” said Kevin Smith, Lightsource BP’s CEO of the Americas. “Utility-scale solar development can provide cost competitive solutions and spur rural revitalization while energizing cleaner and healthier communities.”
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