Conergy & Sanyo To Install 1.1-MW Solar System for Aqua Pennsylvania

Conergy and Sanyo announced that they are collaborating on a 1.1-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic system that will be installed at a sedimentation basin owned by Aqua Pennsylvania Inc. The project, which is expected to save Aqua US $77,000 a year on its energy bill, is known as Ingram’s Mill Farm and is slated to produce close to 1.3 million kilowatt-hours of peak-time energy a year for the treatment and transportation of water for hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania..

When completed, Ingram’s Mill Farm will be one of the largest solar farms on the East Coast. Construction is slated for completion as early as the end of this year according to Sanyo and Conergy.

“With improved state and local permitting processes and Conergy’s project expertise, this solution will allow us to reap the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy in very short order,” said Nicholas DeBenedictis Aqua America’s chairman, president and CEO. “It’s a way for us to reinforce our commitment as environmental stewards, cut operating costs, create a hedge against rising energy costs and better serve our communities and investors,” DeBenedictis said.

Ingram’s Mill Farm recieved a Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) grant in the amount of $1 million, which is funded in part with federal stimulus dollars. The Ingram’s Mill project was one of 25 projects which were collectively awarded $20.7 million to produce or save 2.2 billion kilowatt hours of electricity over their lifetimes.

Together, these projects are projected to create 430 permanent green jobs, 1,068 construction jobs and help to retain 4,110 manufacturing jobs by stabilizing energy costs with on-site renewable energy systems.

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