At the time of completion, this solar farm was the largest solar project in Pennsylvania. groSolar’s design and construction were done such that the organic soil could return to working use if desired at the end of the project life. The system will generate over 7 million kilowatt hours per year, which is equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 950 homes.
The developer and marketer of the project is Community Energy, and the work was completed using Canadian Solar modules, Schletter racking, and AE Solaron inverters. Many area organizations have signed up for a share of the output–providing energy to be used on the campuses of Franklin & Marshall College, Eastern University, Juniata College, Marywood University, Drexel University, and Millersville University, in addition to facilities for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Clean Air Council.
The project was completed on a very tight deadline; construction started in late June and groSolar achieved commercial operation in mid-September. The financing was supported in part by two Pennsylvania grants–the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority and the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).
Keystone Solar was awarded one of three Project of Distinction Awards by the leading solar industry associations, SEIA and SEPA, at the 2013 PV America East Conference.