Amid more than 50,000 solar panels, representatives from Pennsylvania’s Borough of Chambersburg, Safari Energy and Sun Tribe Development were joined by Pennsylvania State Representative Rob Kauffman, 89.e District and other elected officials to flip the switch and inaugurate a new 15MW solar panel.
The new facility will be owned and operated by Safari Energy and will provide 100% of its power to the municipality under a long-term power purchase agreement. The system covers 86 hectares and is expected to produce enough electricity to power more than 2,600 homes, or 10% of the municipality’s annual electricity needs.
“We have worked with some fantastic partners to achieve this coveted result. I am honored to represent a community committed to our planet and our future,” said Alice Elia, Chambersburg City Council President.
The Borough of Chambersburg is the largest of 35 municipal electrical systems in Pennsylvania and is the only municipal electrical system in the Commonwealth to own and operate electrical power plants. Safari Energy, a PPL company, is a leading developer of solar energy for commercial, industrial and institutional clients nationwide.
The project was developed by Sun Tribe Development and is located on land where active shale mining also takes place. Efforts to design, permit and construct a solar power plant on the site required close coordination with representatives from the municipality, Hamilton Township, Franklin County and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
“This project is a fantastic example of how a solar farm can be built on land that has already been disturbed for another purpose, including mining,” said Danny Van Clief, CEO of Sun Tribe Development, which conceived and developed the solar project. “It is also a project that would not have happened without the vision and determination of Sun Tribe’s many partners at the local, provincial and state levels.”
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