National Award (PV America East 2013)
Keystone Solar Project Wins National Award
As a Community Energy customer you help us develop renewable energy projects like the Keystone Solar Farm. We thank you for being a dedicated customer helping us to build a clean energy future for Pennsylvania!
In October of 2012, Community Energy celebrated the completion of the largest solar project in Pennsylvania, the 5 MW (ac) Keystone Solar Project in Lancaster County, PA. Then in January of this year, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)® and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) announced the Keystone Solar Project as a winner of one of three 2013 Photovoltaic (PV) Projects of Distinction Awards at PV America East 2013 in Philadelphia, PA.
Exelon Generation (NYSE: EXE) and Community Energy’s retail marketing division committed to buy the output and back the financing for the Keystone Solar Project, which supplies the highest-quality green electricity – local solar power – to residential and commercial customers. Several high-profile customers have signed up for a share of the output, including Drexel University, SCA, Franklin & Marshall College, Eastern University, Clean Air Council, the Philadelphia Phillies, Millersville University, Marywood University and Juniata College.
“This is the greenest of the green—local jobs building fuel-free power that will last for decades,” said Brent Beerley, Executive Vice President of Community Energy. The Keystone Project site is located along Lancaster Pike south of the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Community Energy worked closely with the fabled Lancaster County farming community and township officials in designing the project to support both farmland preservation and agricultural soil restoration. “Community Energy was good to work with,” said Township Supervisor Chair, Scott Kreider. “They designed the project so that the land can be used for agriculture again when the project is complete.” The solar panels were installed on driven posts without concrete to avoid soil disturbance, such that the site will be maintained with selected cover vegetation to preserve and improve organic soil content.
The Project supplies about 7.5 million kilowatt hours per year of solar generated electricity, and the annual environmental benefit equals that of about 3,000 zero-emission passenger vehicles or 285,000 newly planted trees growing for ten years. About 50 construction, electrical, and other jobs were created at the site.