Pennsylvania solar project connects to grid

San Ramon, Calif., October 16, 2012 — Canadian Solar modules are now installed in a 5 MW solar plant located in a dense agricultural area of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The solar project, dubbed Keystone, was developed by Community Energy Solar and constructed by groSolar.

Canadian Solar utility-scale MaxPower modules are part of the installation by Community Energy, which was adapted with an organic perspective to preserve and improve the farmland the on which the installation resides. The solar panels are installed on driven posts without concrete to avoid soil disturbance and specific ground cover was selected to maintain and improve the organic soil content.

Exelon Generation and Community Energy’s retail marketing division committed to buy the output and backed the financing for the project, which will supply green electricity to customers who sign up for a share of the generation.

The 20,000 Canadian Solar 290 watt modules are installed on fixed tilt, ground-mounted aluminum racking and are interconnected to the PPL Electric grid. The solar energy system will supply about 7.5 million kWh per year of electricity, or enough energy to power 653 homes. The installation offsets 5,625 tons of emissions annually, the equivalent sequestration of 28,125 trees per year.

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