Published on May 30th, 2020 |
by Cynthia Shahan
May 30th, 2020 by Cynthia Shahan
Thanks to Sun Tribe Solar, part of Pennsylvania will take a big jump forward in the transition from fossil fuels. Sun Tribe Solar has offered a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Pennsylvania borough of Chambersburg for a 19.5 MW solar PV system. This solar PPA will meet 10% of the community’s power needs when it’s completed in 2021.
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Chambersburg is home to the largest municipal electric utility in the state of Pennsylvania. Solar power just makes sense these days, since it’s cheaper than other options in many cases and can save the buyer a lot of money in the long term, while also cutting air pollution and CO2 emissions. Chambersburg seems to recognize this. Sun Tribe Solar notes, “The PPA allows the Borough to lock in affordable rates for the long-term, serving as source of budgeting certainty and a hedge against rising wholesale power prices in the future.”
“The Borough of Chambersburg is widely recognized for running one of the largest, most innovative, and comprehensive municipal electric utilities in our region, so we were thrilled to be chosen as their solar partner,” said Danny Van Clief, CEO of Sun Tribe Development. “Our company believes in a community-focused approach, and we’re looking forward to working with local and regional stakeholders at every step in the process as we create jobs and bring solar to Chambersburg.”
Echoing what’s been said by many forward-looking people this year, solar power also provides more economic opportunity than old, fossil-fueled alternatives. Coming out of both a health and an economic crisis, solar is a great avenue to invest money and accelerating its growth provides many societal benefits. “As we continue to focus on economic recovery during the COVID-19 crisis, we believe that solar is the right choice to support that effort,” said Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill.
“As we look to the future, it’s clear that solar provides an exciting opportunity for municipal utilities to continue protecting ratepayers while strengthening local economies,” said Diane Bosak, executive director of the Pennsylvania Municipal Electric Association.