New initiative aims to have 50% of Pa. government’s electricity generated by solar panels – 69News WFMZ-TV

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YORK, Pa. – Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro’s administration said Monday it aims to have 50% of the government’s electricity generated by ten new solar arrays in the state.

Shapiro joined Department of General Services Secretary Reggie McNeil, Constellation President & CEO Joseph Dominguez, and Lightsource bp Senior Vice President Alyssa Edwards to unveil the Commonwealth’s renewable energy initiative, the Pennsylvania Project to Utilize Light and Solar Energy (PA PULSE), according to a news release from the governor’s office.

DGS has entered into a contract with Constellation for a 15-year fixed price agreement, the governor’s office said.

The PA PULSE initiative includes ten solar arrays, built, owned, and operated by Lightsource bp across six Pennsylvania counties: Columbia, Juniata, Crawford, Northumberland, Snyder, and York, according to the news release.

The project will supply 361,000 megawatt-hours of electricity annually to 16 Commonwealth agencies, the governor’s office said.

The governor’s office says PA PULSE will reduce the state’s carbon footprint by 157,800 metric tons of CO2 each year – the equivalent of 34,000 gas-powered cars – and create 200 jobs.

The solar arrays are setback from nearby property lines and use discreet fencing with wildlife planted around them to avoid disrupting residents, according to the news release.

Many solar farms also become habitats for new wildlife, and the soil will be protected from erosion, the governor’s office said.

PA PULSE began under the Wolf Administration and was spearheaded by the Pennsylvania GreenGov Council – co-chaired by the Secretaries of the Departments of General Services, Environmental Protection, and Conservation and Natural Resources, according to the governor’s office. 

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