ENGIE North America and the City of Philadelphia, in partnership with the Philadelphia Energy Authority, have in place a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for Philadelphia to purchase energy generated by the Adams County solar farm. An information session is scheduled on February 13, 2020, to identify contractors and suppliers to staff the project in coordination with the City of Philadelphia. A job fair, to be scheduled for April, will focus on employment opportunities during the construction of the project: around 150 jobs will be created.
The 80-Megawatt Adams County project was previously owned by Community Energy and is now being developed by ENGIE. The project will break ground in the First Half of 2020 and be operational in 2021. The solar farm will provide 22% of the electricity needed by city-owned buildings in Philadelphia. It is among the largest solar powered municipal projects in the country.
“The City of Philadelphia is committed to 100% renewable, zero carbon electricity by 2030 and this solar project is a major step towards that goal,” explains Christine Knapp, director of the Office of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia. “We are excited to work with ENGIE to staff this project with dedicated, forward-thinking Philadelphians.”
“We are excited to work with Adams County and the City of Philadelphia to deliver on zero carbon affordable energy and set a standard and example for other municipalities in the United States,” said Luis Felipe Birolini, Head of solar development at ENGIE North America.
This project reinforces our strategy to become a leader in the zero-carbon transition for companies and local authorities. We plan to build more than 1GW of new renewable capacity in the US in 2020, supporting our global ambition of building approximately 9 GW between 2019-2021.
The City of Philadelphia welcomes Philadelphians to help name this exciting new solar project. Voting on the official name for the project can be done online. A winning name will be announced in April.
PPAs are long term contracts between a renewable asset developer and an electricity consumer, committing to a given price over the period. It allows customers to make sure their electricity is from a renewable source. PPAs reduce their carbon footprint and helps them to edge against the price volatility.