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Work begins on Pennsylvania community solar project

Construction work has begun on what will reportedly be the first community solar project in the US state of Pennsylvania.

The 440 kW system in the state’s capital Philadelphia is set to be installed atop a warehouse and distribution centre owned by motorcycle gear company RevZilla.

The system will feature 1295 PV panels and is expected to supply around 930 MWh per year, which will cover around one-half of one percent of the total power demand for Navy Yard, a 485-ha business development built on the site of a former US Navy shipyard.

Developer SolarSense LLC will own and operate the installation, feeding its power into the Navy Yard microgrid operated by PIDC, the city’s public-private development company. à‚ à‚ 

A second phase of the project, adding a further 310 kW, is planned to be commissioned in spring 2018.

The project was part-financed by a low-interest loan and grant to SolarSense from Philadelphia’s social investment Sustainable Development Fund. The fund’s sponsorship includes provisions to measure and analyze the costs and benefits of distributed generation for the microgrid, the city and the state.

According to the Navy Yard Community Solar project site, the installation joins 25 community solar projects in the US that are currently under development.