70MW Solar Project ribbon-cutting (Oct. 6)

Recording September 23, 2020

Greetings. Last September, Penn State and Lightsource bp celebrated the groundbreaking for a 70 MW solar project in Franklin County that would provide 25 percent of the University’s total purchased electricity over 25 years.

One year and one month later, it’s my pleasure to share that the project is complete, and Penn State is purchasing this renewable energy through a Power Purchase Agreement.

This is a bright and proud moment for Penn State, and reminiscent of a day in April 2018, when I loaded the last shovelful of coal into the university power plant.

Penn State’s commitment to renewable energy helps us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs. But the value of successfully completing projects like these extends far greater than achieving these two goals.

Through these efforts, from planning to implementation and beyond, our students are granted firsthand, once-in-a-lifetime access to innovative learning and research opportunities related to the expanding renewable energy industry. These living lab experiences prepare students for new career possibilities, and a brighter future for all of us.

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this possible.