Community Energy Solar says it has closed on financing and commenced construction of its 6 MW Keystone Solar Project in Lancaster County, Pa.
Exelon Generation and Community Energy's retail marketing division committed to buy the output and back the financing for the project, which will supply power to customers who sign up for a share of the generation. Several customers have already signed up for a share of the output, including Franklin & Marshall College, Eastern University, Clean Air Council, the Philadelphia Phillies and Millersville University.
About 20,000 290 W Canadian Solar modules are being installed on fixed-tilt, ground-mounted aluminum racking provided by Schletter, and the system will be interconnected to the PPL Electric grid at 12 kV with AE inverters and platforms.
The project site is located along Lancaster Pike south of the city of Lancaster, Pa. Community Energy says it worked closely with the Lancaster County farming community and township officials in designing the project in order to support both farmland preservation and agricultural soil restoration.
The solar panels are being installed on driven posts without concrete in order to avoid soil disturbance, and the site will be maintained with selected cover vegetation to preserve and improve organic soil content, the company explains.
The project has a 15-year power purchase agreement with Exelon, and received financing and funding from the Ben Franklin Technology Partnership, the Sustainable Energy Fund and the State of Pennsylvania.
groSolar, a commercial solar contractor, is serving as general contractor to complete construction, which is targeted for this fall.