SEPTA Opens Solar Power Farm

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has opened a 17.5-megawatt solar farm in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

In a news release, the transit agency said the Elk Hill 2 solar farm project was developed under a power purchase agreement between SEPTA and Lightsource to help reduce SEPTA’s carbon emissions.

It is one of two solar farms that SEPTA and Lightsource have developed in the past year.

Elk Hill 2 is expected to generate 27,377 MWh of  solar energy or nearly 10 percent of SEPTA’s 380,000 MWh per year electricity demand.

SEPTA said generation from a solar farm of this size and type can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 19,360 metric tons of CO2 annually, the same as offsetting the emissions of 4,180 fuel burning cars each year.

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