Radnor, PA, April 17, 2013 – SCA, a global hygiene and forest products company and one of the region’s most sustainable companies, recently committed to purchase wind energy and solar energy over the next four years. SCA , which has been a renewable energy customer of Community Energy since 2006, will purchase the equivalent of 100% of the electricity used at itsKsSCA Philadelphia headquarters, in the certified LEED CI Gold Cira Centre, through renewable energy. Approximately 10% of the power will be generated within Pennsylvania. Community Energy will supply part of the clean energy generation from the Keystone Solar Project operating in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
“As the country and state move toward a clean energy future, SCA’s participation in the Keystone Solar Project highlights our ongoing commitment to sustainability,” says Don Lewis, President, SCA Americas.
As part of the purchase, SCA supports Community Energy’s “Praxis Course Materials,” an online resource designed to provide students of renewable energy with a behind the scenes view of real-world solar project development through in-depth videos, documents, designs and plans typically unavailable to those outside the industry.
“SCA has been a leader in sustainability for many years. Without energy purchases like this, renewable energy projects like the Keystone Solar Farm would not be built,” said Brent Alderfer, President of Community Energy. “Thanks to SCA and other Philadelphia-area organizations like The Philadelphia Phillies, Drexel University, Eastern University and West Chester Borough, Keystone Solar is a reality. We hope that more companies will follow their lead and make the same choice to support local solar.”
SCA’s commitment to sustainability in Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia region is reflected in its partnerships with organizations such as the City of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Eagles, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful and the Clean Air Council. SCA recently launched an innovative composting/recycling program with the City of Philadelphia. Outdoor waste bin stations, used for trash, composting and recycling collection, are used during city events and are a part of SCA’s effort to help Philadelphia become the greenest city in America.
The Keystone Solar Project is a 5 megawatt (AC) ground-mounted solar project that will produce approximately 8,000 MWh of electricity annually, the equivalent of powering 950 homes. Community Energy is the developer of the Keystone Solar Project and is working in partnership with Exelon Generation, the wholesale off-taker on the project.
About SCA in North America
SCA is a leading global hygiene and forest products company that develops and produces personal care products, tissue and forest products. In North America, SCA produces the Tork® line of dispensers, towels, tissue, soap, napkins and wipers used in commercial settings such as office buildings, restaurants, schools and healthcare facilities and the TENA® line of incontinence care products used by consumers at home and in healthcare facilities. TENA and Tork are the global leading brands in their categories.
With 170 employees at its Americas headquarters in Philadelphia at the Cira Centre, a certified LEED-CI Gold building, SCA cultivates strong partnerships with organizations sharing the same commitment to sustainability, such as the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful and the Clean Air Council.