Penn State University invests in solar power

Louise Smyth

Penn State and Lightsource BP have announced the development of 70 megawatts of large-scale offsite solar to support the University's Strategic Plan, which cites stewardship of the planet's resources as a key priority. The project to install large-scale solar arrays will provide 25% of Penn State's state-wide electricity requirements over a 25 year term, while driving economic development and educational opportunities for the host community.

"This project is a win for Penn State, a win for Pennsylvania and a win for the environment," said Rob Cooper, senior director of Energy and Engineering in the Penn State Office of Physical Plant. "Among the many benefits of this significant investment in solar-based electric generation include cost savings, lower greenhouse gas emissions in support of Penn State's aggressive sustainability goals, economic development with job creation and income for host communities through development of the Pennsylvania solar market."

The targeted completion date is set for July 2020.


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