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9 PA Firms Share $5.7M Solar Incentive

Nine Pennsylvania companies will receive financial assistance toward installation of solar arrays at their businesses, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The state’s overall investment of $5.7 million should help recipients save about a cumulative $500,000 a year on energy costs, according to the Pennsylvania governor’s office.

In all, the new solar arrays should generate about 3.6 megawatts of electricity, according to PV-tech.org.

GlaxoSmithKline is getting $500,000 toward the purchase and installation of a 406 KW rooftop array at a data center in Upper Providence Township. The $1.9 million project will help save $64,000 a year in utility bills.

The largest of the grants is going to SEC Bellefonte SD Solar One, which sill use its $1.8 million grant to install a rooftop solar array on the Bellefonte High School.

That 1.01 MW system, which comes at a cost of $5.9 million, should provide nearly 40 percent of the school’s electricity, helping cut utility bills about $153,000 a year.

Another grant is going to WJ Beitler Co., a trucking and warehouse firm. The company is getting $347,200 toward a $1.06 million, 217.14-kilowatt system on the roof of a warehouse. The system should generate more than 235,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year, shaving nearly $30,000 a year off its $80,000 electrical bill.

Together with a federal subsidy, about half of the system should be paid for.

A retirement community is getting a $1 million grant to install an 800 KW ground-mounted array. The project, which costs $4.5 million, should help the Masonic Village retirement community save $120,000 on its utility bill each year, according to LancasterOnline.

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2 thoughts on “9 PA Firms Share $5.7M Solar Incentive

  1. That’s great these nine companies are investing in clean solar power. I find it interesting that the recent 2009 Solar Industry Year in Review report from the Solar Energy Industries Association does not list Pennsylvania in the Top 10 states for installed solar capacity–but does list two of its neighbors, New York and New Jersey. Maybe new Pa. policies will move the Keystone State up the list! If you want to learn more about solar power and solar energy news–or are considering solar for your home or business–check out dasolar.com.

  2. Congratulations to PA on wasting the taxpayers dollars. By my simple calculations it will take 37.5 years for the Masonic village to turn a profit. Longer if that system needs to be maintained, as it will. They could have built an Evacuated-tube collector system to produce all their thermal energy loading, including Solar A/C at l/3 the price and a simple payoff of 50-70 months. This application of PV is a ridiculous waste of money.

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