Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell and project participants have broken ground on the Exelon-EPURON Solar Center, a 3 MW solar electricity generation plant located in Bucks County, Pa. The $20 million project will feature 16,500 solar panels on a 16.5-acre tract of land adjacent to Waste Management's GROWS landfill.
The facility is owned by EPURON LLC, a subsidiary of Conergy AG. Conergy Systems USA, formerly SunTechnics, will build the solar center. Exelon Generation Company LLC has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement for the energy produced at the site.
‘When this facility is up and running – likely by September or October of this year – it will be among the largest in the country, and certainly the largest east of Arizona,’ Rendell says.
According to the governor, approximately 850 MW of additional solar capacity are expected to be installed in the state by 2021.