Centre County to receive $964,300 from State Solar Energy Fund

BELLEFONTE – Three projects in Centre County will receive a total of $964,300 from the state Solar Energy Fund, increasing the solar energy footprint in the county by about 874,000 kWh, according to Sen. Jake Corman (R-34).

“Clean, affordable energy needs to be a significant part of our state’s energy future,” Corman said. “The solar energy produced by these projects is enough to power about 80 homes for a year. These projects will reduce energy costs while having a meaningful impact on our environment. The state dollars put into the Solar Energy Fund ensures that vital projects such as this become a reality.”

The funded projects are:

r Burkholder’s Country Market: $718,800 to purchase and install a solar carport array in Penn Township. The system will be installed on the employers’ existing parking lot. The system will produce more than 640,405 kWh – about 53.5 percent of the building’s energy use. The total project cost about $1.8 million.

r State College Area School District: $245,500 to purchase and install rooftop systems at two elementary schools in the district.

The district will receive $93,500 for a project at Spring Creek Elementary School where solar panels will produce more than 74,000 kWh annually – about 28 percent of the building’s energy use – saving the district $5,769 in energy costs. The total project cost is $187,000, with the school district providing matching funds.

The district will receive $85,250 for a project at Corl Street Elementary School where solar panels will produce more than 68,000 kWh annually – about 20 percent of the building’s energy use – saving the district $5,352 in energy costs. The total project cost is $170,500, with the school district providing matching funds.

The district will receive $66,750 for a project at Radio Park Elementary School where solar panels will produce more than 90,178 kWh annually – about 20 percent of the building’s energy use – saving the district $7,025 in energy costs. The total project cost is $211,200, with the school district providing matching funds.

The funding was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority through its Solar Energy Program, Corman said. The money will be used for the engineering and construction of the projects.

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