Community Energy Solar Begins Construction of Pennsylvania’s Largest Green Energy Project

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor Work has started at Keystone Solar Project located along Lancaster Pike south of the city of Lancaster, PA, soon after Community Energy Solar announced it had closed financing on the six megawatt development. Community Energy Solar’s retail marketing division and Chicago-based Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s largest electricity providers [...]

Work has started at Keystone Solar Project located along Lancaster Pike south of the city of Lancaster, PA, soon after Community Energy Solar announced it had closed financing on the six megawatt development.

Community Energy Solar’s retail marketing division and Chicago-based Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s largest electricity providers with more than $18 billion in annual revenues, committed to purchase the output and provide the financing for the project, which will provide green electricity generated from local solar power to customers that offer to sign up for a share of the generation.

Franklin & Marshall College, Eastern University, Clean Air Council, the Philadelphia Phillies and Millersville University have already signed up for a share of the input and the number of customers is expected to grow in the following months.

Keystone Solar Project was designed by Community Energy Solar to support both farmland preservation and agricultural soil restoration, which means that the land can be used for agriculture when the project is complete. To avoid soil damage, the solar panels are being installed on driven posts without concrete, allowing the vegetation to preserve and improve soil quality.

The project is being developed by a team led by groSolar, a solar engineering, procurement and construction firm, which is using around 20,000 Canadian Solar 290 watt modules (pictured) fixed on ground-mounded aluminum racking provided by Schletter, a producer of professional solar mounting systems headquartered in Germany. According to an official press release, the project will supply around 7.5 million kilowatt hours per year of solar generated electricity under a 15-year power purchase agreement with Exelon.

Photo credits to Community Energy Solar