Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Epuron LLC, the project development and financing U.S. subsidiary of Conergy, has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Exelon Generation, LLC, for the energy produced at a proposed 3 megawatt (MW) solar energy power station in Morrisville, Pennsylvania.
According to the companies, once completed, the power plant will be the nation’s fourth largest solar photovoltaic (PV) generation project, and the largest east of the Mississippi River, trailing only facilities in California and Arizona once operations begin next April.
“Epuron is excited about this landmark photovoltaic project,” said Arndt E. Lutz, Epuron General Manager. “This project will launch utility-scale solar power plants in Pennsylvania and the entire Eastern U.S. The array will be one of the largest in the country and is the result of a successful partnership between Exelon Generation, Waste Management and the Epuron/ SunTechnics team, and a major step toward energy independence and greenhouse gas reduction.”
The 3 MW solar facility will feature approximately 17,000 solar panels and be located on a 16.5-acre plot in Falls Township, Bucks County, adjacent to the Waste Management’s G.R.O.W.S. Landfill. The estimated annual production of the facility is 3,700,000 kWh.
The solar energy plant is scheduled to be operational in the second quarter of 2008.
SunTechnics Energy Systems Inc., Epuron’s sister company and a provider of turnkey renewable energy solutions, will undertake the system’s planning, engineering and installation. Exelon Generation will sell the physical electricity produced by the solar energy project to PJM Interconnection.
In July, Governor Rendell and the General Assembly took steps to strengthen the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act, clarifying the amount of solar energy that must be produced and sold in Pennsylvania. This requirement means that by 2021, another 850 MW of solar power will be generated in Pennsylvania.