Representatives from Pennsylvania’s Borough of Chambersburg, Safari Energy, and Sun Tribe Development were joined by Pennsylvania State Representative Rob Kauffman, 89th District, and other elected officials to flip the switch and inaugurate a new 15-MW solar array.
The new facility will be owned and operated by Safari Energy and will provide 100% of its power to the borough under a long-term PPA. The 86 acre system is expected to produce enough electricity to power over 2,600 homes which covers 10% of the borough’s annual electricity needs.
“We have worked with some amazing partners to achieve this much-desired outcome. I’m honored to represent a community that is making a commitment to our planet and our future,” said Alice Elia, Borough of Chambersburg Council President.
The Borough of Chambersburg is the largest of 35 municipal electric systems in Pennsylvania and is the only municipal electric system in the commonwealth to own and operate electric generating plants. Safari Energy, a PPL company, is a leading developer of solar power for commercial, industrial, and institutional customers nationwide. Vincent Sorgi, president and chief executive officer of PPL Corporation, delivered remarks at the event and was joined by leaders from PPL and Safari Energy.
“Working with partners like the Borough of Chambersburg is incredibly rewarding, as their innovative outlook and commitment to renewable energy align very much with our vision for a sustainable energy future,” said Vijay Singh, President, PPL Renewables. “This project is the largest single-site solar system that Safari Energy has acquired, and we hope to build on this success with other projects and solar portfolios across the country,” he added.
Since 2008, Safari Energy has developed or acquired over 500 solar projects in 24 states and Washington, D.C. The company owns 120 solar projects in 9 states nationwide, totaling more than 170 MW of capacity.
As part of PPL Corporation, Safari Energy supports the company’s objective of advancing a sustainable energy future. PPL, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a leading U.S. energy company addressing energy challenges head-on by building smarter, more resilient and more dynamic power grids and advancing sustainable energy solutions.
The Borough of Chambersburg solar project was developed by Sun Tribe Development, one of the fastest growing clean energy companies in the Mid-Atlantic. The project is sited on land that is also home to an active shale mining operation. The effort to design, permit and construct a solar power plant on the site required close coordination with representatives from the borough, Hamilton Township, Franklin County, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
“This project is a fabulous example of how to site a solar farm on land that has already been disturbed for another purpose, including mining,” said Danny Van Clief, CEO, Sun Tribe Development, which originated and developed the solar project. “It is also a project that would not have happened were it not for the vision and determination of Sun Tribe’s many partners at the local, county and state level. In particular, I’d like to acknowledge and thank Bryan Salzmann and Justin George of Salzmann Hughes, P.C., Marie Holland and Marissa Price of GMS Funding Solutions, and Lance Kegerreis of Dennis E. Black Engineering.”