Clean energy developer Community Energy Inc. has announced the approval of a 70 MW solar power purchase agreement (PPA) with the City of Philadelphia.
The solar farm, named Adams Solar LLC and located in Adams County, Pa., will produce enough electricity to operate 22% of Philadelphia government buildings by 2020, according to Community Energy. The solar project will be the largest in Pennsylvania by seven-fold, the developer adds.
Adams Solar LLC will sell 100% of its power under a 20-year contract with the Philadelphia Energy Authority, an independent city agency. The project will generate 156,000 MWh of energy in the first year of operation.
“The Philadelphia solar commitment demonstrates impressive and much-needed leadership on climate change in Pennsylvania,” says Brent Alderfer, Community Energy’s CEO and co-founder. “As the costs of climate change go up, Philadelphia is showing the way for municipalities to secure reliable, long-term solar power to decarbonize and head off irreversible climate damage.”
An economic opportunity plan will incorporate minority-, women- and disabled-person-owned businesses into the project. Job fairs will be held in both Philadelphia and Adams County.
“This project not only helps Philadelphia demonstrate leadership on climate action, but it also makes good economic sense and helps to boost regional job growth in the renewable energy sector,” says Jim Kenney, mayor of Philadelphia.