Energix brings live 70-MW solar park to supply City of Philadelphia – Renewables Now

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Energix North America has put on stream a 70-MW photovoltaic (PV) park to supply the City of Philadelphia, and thus help Pennsylvania’s largest city meet its goal for carbon-neutral municipal operations.

The Adams Solar park will be run under a 20-year power purchase agreement between Energix, the plant’s owner, and the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA), which has a separate long-term deal with the City. The power will be sold at a fixed rate that is competitive with conventional electricity prices, the City said, adding that the PPA is one of the largest municipal solar power offtake deals in the US.

Located near Gettysburg, in Straban Township, the PV park is made up of 230,000 panels installed at a 700-acre (283-ha) site. It will be supplying 150,000 MWh of clean power to the City.

The City of Philadelphia aims to power all of its municipal facilities with 100% renewable power by 2030. Currently, its energy portfolio includes a mix of close to 30% renewable electricity. Its long-term goal is to reach city-wide carbon neutrality by 2050.

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