As the heat wave in Southern California continues to stress the local power grid, I thought this news out of Pennsylvania was particularly timely. Germany-based Conergy AG will build a $20 million solar power plant in Falls Township, which is just across the Delaware River from Trenton (where some important green projects are already taking place). The Exelon-Epuron Solar Energy Center, as the facility will be called, will employ 17,000 PV panels in order to generate 3,700 megawatts of electricity annually- enough to power 400 homes. Conergy’s U.S. subsidiary Epuron will fund the project, whose output will be purchased for the next twenty years by Exelon Generation, the Chicago-based parent of Philadelphia’s Peco Energy. SunTechnics Energy Systems, Inc., another Conergy subsidiary, is designing and installing the system. Although Pennsylvania is not funneling any financing to the project, Governor Rendell called it “just the tip of the iceberg” in terms of the state’s alternative energy initiatives. Last year, the Pennsylvania legislature mandated that state utilities must offer at least eight percent of their power from renewable sources, with .05 percent of that power coming from solar sources.
- German Firm Plans $20M Solar Power Plant (GlobeSt.com)
- Full Spectrum to Develop Green MXD in Trenton (gbNYC)