Penn State University, in partnership with Lightsource BP, has broken ground on the largest solar project in the state of Pennsylvania. The project is expected to provide 25 percent of the university’s electricity, at a savings of over $14 million, over the next 25 years. Lightsource BP will build, own and operate the facility and sell the electricity to Penn State under a long-term power sales contract.
As one of the lead engineering firms on the project, Stantec has been hired by Rosendin, the EPC contractor (engineering, procurement, and construction), to provide electrical, structural, and civil engineering design services. The project will see installation of 150,000 solar panels across three locations spanning over 500 acres of leased land in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
Through assistance from Penn State researchers, the project design team is incorporating environmentally conscious design elements into the 70-megawatt project, such as grasses and shrubs that will help increase pollination and thwart honeybee population decline. The project will also serve as a working laboratory for students and faculty.
Stantec has a highly experienced team from five offices collaborating on the project, which is being led out of its Wall Township, New Jersey office. The project is expected to be complete in July 2020.