Radnor, Pa., May 13, 2011 — Community Energy Solar and Exelon Generation closed a 15-year agreement for the purchase of power and renewable energy credits from a 6 MW solar project that Community Energy is building in Lancaster County, Pa.
The agreement will support the construction of a solar energy facility in the state that will consist of about 25,000 solar panels installed on about 30 acres.
The project will be located along Lancaster Pike south of the city of Lancaster, Pa., a corridor that has also received commercial development proposals.
Community Energy Solar worked closely with the Lancaster County farming community and East Drumore Township officials to design the solar project to support both clean energy production and agricultural land restoration, including selected cover vegetation, minimal use of concrete and decommissioning at the end of the 25 - 30 year project life.
The project will create about 75 jobs during the six-month construction period and is expected to generate about 7.5 million kWh of electricity per year or enough power to meet the needs of about 1,000 homes.
Generating the same amount of electricity using non-renewable sources would result in the release of 3,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually or the equivalent emissions from 676 passenger vehicles.