The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), and developer, financer and manager of utility-scale solar projects, Lightsource BP, have signed a long-term power purchase agreement for two solar farms totaling 43.8 MWdc in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
Elk Hill 1 and 2 will be installed across two locations in Franklin County on 320 acres leased from local landowners. The projects will cost an estimated $47 million and create 200 jobs during the construction of the facilities.
Both Elk 1 and 2 are expected to be complete in 2021.
Lightsource BP will finance, build, own and operate the farms, which could generate an up to 67,029 MWh of solar energy annually, or nearly 20% of SEPTA’s 380,000 MWh annual electricity demand.
The farms also aim to support Pennsylvania’s goals to generate of clean electricity through solar PV.
“Supporting the development of local renewable energy is another way we can deepen our positive environmental impact,” said SEPTA General Manager, Leslie S. Richards.
“The agreement will help us achieve our long-term and ambitious sustainability goals in this vital field, which will only become more important as we emerge from this crisis,” Richards added.
“We’re thrilled to partner with SEPTA, an organization committed to its sustainability goals, while supporting development of new solar energy sources within the state to create jobs in local communities during these challenging times,” said Kevin Smith, chief executive officer of Lightsource BP in the Americas.