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Community Energy Presents the Keystone Solar Farm

Is it possible to reverse the effects of climate change? Join Community Energy as they work to provide fuel-free energy with the Keystone solar farm while creating a cleaner community within Lancaster and the world at large with the numerous benefits of going solar.

Community Energy is dedicated to changing the way we generate electricity to promote a more sustainable environment and curb climate change. Community Energy has recently developed one of Pennsylvania’s largest solar farms right here in Lancaster county to provide fuel-free energy to residents, local businesses and universities.

They believe it is possible to un-change of climate change and the answer is simpler than you may think. Community Energy is using the Keystone solar project to highlight the benefits of solar power and to create a community that will benefit the immediate area and reduce the negative long-term effects of using gas and coal power. Community Energy believes in a “greener” future and believes we have the power to create sustainability in Pennsylvania by choosing solar power.

 

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(Arial view of Keystone Solar Farm- Photo by Community Energy Inc.)

 


What is Community Energy?

Clean Energy: Keystone Solar Project

Exactly what are the companies involved in this project?

The Problem: Climate Change

Why is climate change bad?

Negative Effects of Gas & Coal Power Plants

The answer

Keystone Solar Project

Benefits of Using Solar Power:

Current Sponsor:

Employee Perspective:

Getting Involved with Community Energy:

The Choice is Yours:

 


What is Community Energy?
Community Energy is a leading national solar and wind developer and supplier, dedicated to providing clean, fuel- free energy. According to their website, they were founded in 1999 with the mission to “To ignite the market and develop the supply of fuel-free energy”.  Their aim is to create a more sustainable, cleaner energy future by reducing the negative effects that come with electricity generated from fossil fuels and other finite sources. They work to build a market for renewable energy, and providing for the demand for hundreds of megawatts of wind and solar generation. They currently supply clean energy to about 80,000 customers acquired through direct marketing and have established many partnerships with electric utilities and suppliers throughout the nation.

They have developed wind and solar projects all over the country including New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Iowa, Missouri Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Colorado and Pennsylvania. Community Energy has also received the prestigious “Market-Maker” Award in 2002 presented to them by the American Wind Energy Association. Their most recent solar project, the Keystone solar farm, received the Photovoltaic Projects of Distinction Award at PV America East this year. Community Energy has created an innovative market for wind and solar power and developed over 750 MW of new clean energy generation, including one of Pennsylvania’s largest solar farms right here in Lancaster County!

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(The Community Enery Team proudly stand by their Keystone project- Photo by Community Energy Inc.)


Clean Energy: Keystone Solar Project
The Keystone Solar project at the time of completion was the largest solar photovoltaic facility in Pennsylvania. It is located in Quarryville, Pennsylvania right off of Lancaster Pike. The project sits on 30 acres of land with 20,000 290 watt Canadian solar panels which produce 5 megawatt (AC) and in turn produce approximately 7.5 million kilowatt-hours per year which will provide electricity for over 950 homes. Community Energy developed this project with the help of Exelon Generation, the wholesale power purchaser for the project.

Community Energy worked with Global Resource Options (groSolar) to design and construct the project.  Current contributors to the project include Franklin & Marshall College, Eastern University, Clean Air Council, Philadelphia Phillies, Millersville University, Marywood University, and Juniata College. These are just a few of the Keystone Solar customers that have contributed to the success of the project and are working towards making a clean and sustainable future. Keystone is responsible for a carbon dioxide reduction of 4,200 + tons a year!


Exactly what are the companies involved in this project?

  • “Exelon Generation is one of the nation's leading competitive power generators, with owned generating assets totaling more than 34,700 megawatts. With strong positions in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Texas, Exelon is the largest owner and operator of nuclear plants in the United States and maintains a growing renewable energy development business headquartered in Baltimore”. Their goal is “to constantly improve our environmental performance; all operating companies are committed to setting measurable goals, achieving credible results and implementing cost-effective environmental improvements” (exeloncorp.com).
  • Canadian Solar- “Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is a top 4 Global Module Supplier in 2012. As a leading vertically integrated provider of ingots, wafers, solar cells, solar modules, solar power systems and specialized solar products, Canadian Solar delivers uncompromising value to its customers across the globe.” (canadiansolar.com)
  • GroSolar is a company that provides turnkey engineering, procurement, and construction of (EPC) solar photovoltaic (PV) projects for developers, financial, commercial, government, utility, and other institutional clients.  groSolar has designed, built, installed, and procured equipment for more than 90 MW of solar PV systems across the US with more than 2,000 installations”. (groSolar.com). sponsors


The Problem: Climate Change
In a presentation by Derek Sheehan, Sales and Marketing Associate and Outreach Coordinator at Community Energy, he described the issue of climate change. He also discussed why it’s so important to undo the negative effects and how the Keystone Project is helping reverse climate change.

  • What is climate change?
    Climate change is the increase of global temperature. The earth’s temperature has risen almost 2 degrees within the past century and is projected to keep rising. This may not seem very significant, but small gradual increases in temperatures over time can make drastic shifts in the climate and weather which will negatively impact our planet we work so hard to preserve.
  • Greenhouse Effect
    In simple terms, the greenhouse effect is responsible for warming the earth. When the sun radiates down upon the earth some of the rays are reflected back and some are absorbed through the earth. The heat is trapped through greenhouse gases which are found within the atmosphere and this makes living on earth possible for both humans and animals. The four main gases involved in the greenhouse effect are carbon dioxide, methane, water vapor and nitrous oxide. Without these gases, the conditions on earth would be too cold to sustain life. The problem occurs when humans begin to emit more greenhouse gases through their current fossil fuel-heavy energy supply which create slow increases in the temperature on earth.
  • Signs of climate change
    Climate change includes changes in rainfall which can create floods, droughts and intense rain. Heat waves are becoming more frequent and severe. The oceans are also being affected by the warming temperatures which result in warmer waters causing increased acidity. Additionally, ice caps are beginning to melt at faster rates which increase current sea levels.
    It is important to take climate change and renewable energy seriously because they play a vital role in the future of this world. The emission of greenhouse gases from human-run activities must be reduced. The increase of these emissions has been slow, but steady and is bringing about global warming faster than anyone could anticipate. The need for action against climate change is becoming increasingly clearer. It is important to do everything we can to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we emit to promote a more sustainable future.


Why is climate change bad?
According to the PA Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania is responsible for 1% of the world’s green house gas emission. To counteract its emissions, PA must now take responsibility for their actions and reduce the amount of gases emitted into the atmosphere, and this is exactly what Community Energy aims to do.  For Pennsylvania specifically, climate change will have harsh consequences if left unaddressed.

  • From the experts…
    The Union of Concerned Scientists (2008) listed impacts of climate change for the state of Pennsylvania. “Many Pennsylvanian cities can expect dramatic increases in the numbers of summer days over 90°F, putting vulnerable populations at greater risk of heat-related health effects and curtailing outdoor activity for many individuals. Heat could cause urban air quality to deteriorate substantially, exacerbating asthma and other respiratory diseases. Heat stress on dairy cattle may cause declines in milk production. Yields of native Concord grapes, sweet corn, and favorite apple varieties may decrease considerably as temperatures rise and pest pressures grow more severe. Snowmobiling is expected to disappear from the state in the next few decades as winter snow cover shrinks. Ski resorts could persist by greatly increasing their snowmaking, although this may not be an option past mid-century as winters become too warm for snow – natural or human-made. Substantial changes in bird life are expected to include loss of preferred habitat for many resident and migratory species. Climate conditions suitable for prized hardwood tree species such as black cherry, sugar maple, and American beech are projected to decline or even vanish from the state.” The PA Environmental Resource Consortium adds that because that report is from 2008, quote “it is therefore plausible that climate impacts on Pennsylvania will be less than or greater than those described above … because recent global GHG emissions have recently been exceeding worst case levels predicted just a few years ago, it is more plausible that climate impacts on Pennsylvania could be significantly worse than those described above.”


Negative Effects of Gas & Coal Power Plants
Coal and gas plants are a key source of carbon dioxide emission which is the primary contributor to increases in temperatures for global warming.

  • Air Pollution:
  • Carbon dioxide (CO2): Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas responsible for an increase in global temperature. Carbon dioxide is a heat trapping gas that is responsible for keeping the earth warm and livable. Industry carbon dioxide levels have been slowly increasing over the years. Burning of coal from power plants and gasoline from cars are two of the few contributors leading to increased CO2 emissions.
  • Sulfur dioxide (SO2): Coal plants are a prime contributor to SO2 pollution. Sulfur dioxide has a variety of negative impacts on human health. Sulfur dioxide can create acidic particles that can make their way into our lungs and eventually into the bloodstream. Acid rain is also a problem created by sulfur dioxide. Although it doesn’t sound terrible, acid rain can damage crops, ruin forests, degrade soil quality and turn fresh water lakes and streams acidic. This results in less agricultural growth and hinders sustainability efforts.
  • Nitrogen oxides (NOx): Nitrogen oxide is responsible for the creation of smog. This can lead asthma attacks and can also cause people to become more prone to chronic respiratory diseases.
  • Particulate matter: More commonly known as soot or fly ash. This can cause bronchitis, aggravate asthma, and even lead to premature death. Particulate matter also contributes to polluting the air and making it harder to see.
  • Mercury: This is a toxic metal that can result in brain damage and create heart problems if exposed to humans. It can also be leaked into rivers, streams and oceans which can cause fish contamination making them dangerous to eat.
  • Waste:
     The Union of Concerned Scientists (2008) also report that “waste created by a typical coal plant includes more than 125,000 tons of ash and 193,000 tons of sludge from the smokestack scrubber each year. Nationally, at least 42 percent of coal combustion waste ponds and landfills are unlined”. Arsenic and mercury have been found in water and can damage our organs if consumed. The Union of Concerned Scientist also found that one out of every 100 children who drink groundwater contaminated with arsenic from coal power plant wastes were at risk of developing cancer. Coal power plants also contribute to raising water temperature by returning the water used to cool the plant back into the ocean which adversely affects ocean life by decreasing productive rates of marine mammals. The excess heat given off by these plants also contributes to global warming.
  • Health:
    Coal plants also have an effect on human health as well as the environment. The respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous system can all be affected by the emissions from power plants. Physicians for Social Responsibility report that health problems such as asthma, lung disease, lung cancer and abnormal lung development can occur. In Philadelphia alone, 23% of children are now born with asthma. Coal pollutants can also lead to artery blocks increasing chances of heart attack, permanent heart damage and heart failure. Coal emissions also contribute to increased risk of stroke and damage to intellectual capacity. Physicians for Social Responsibility also say, “Researchers estimate that between 317,000 and 631,000 children are born in the U.S. each year with blood mercury levels high enough to reduce IQ scores and cause lifelong loss of intelligence”.


The answer:
The negative impacts of coal plants are numerous. This is why it is so important to begin developing ways to protect ourselves and the environment at large. Community Energy came up with a solution to begin to reverse the negative impact coal power plants are having on society. Their answer was to create a voluntary demand market for clean energy and use innovative marketing to build new generation sources. The Keystone Solar Farm is a great example of this, and the project has generated much support!


Keystone Solar Project
Derek Sheehan also explained solar power, the Keystone farm and the numerous benefits of choosing solar energy. 

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  • What is solar power?
    In short, solar power is the conversion of sunlight to electricity using photovoltaics (PV) or indirectly using concentrated solar power. Photovoltaics convert light into electric current using the photoelectric effect. The photoelectric effect is when electrons are emitted from solids, liquids or gases when they absorb energy from light.
  • Keystone Solar Power
    Community Energy developed this project with one concept in mind: bringing fuel-free energy to the Lancaster area and to promote sustainability in the local community. This project was developed on 30 acres of prime agricultural land. The farm produces 7.5 million kWh of electricity annually which can power 950 homes and reduces carbon emissions by 4,200 tons each year. When developing this project, Community Energy kept the uniquely situated Lancaster community in mind.
  1. Land Preservation:
    They Keystone solar farm is located on 30 acres of prime agricultural land in Quarryville, Pennsylvania. The farm is being leased by Community Energy through a 25 year contract in which the solar farm contract can be renewed or the land can be returned to agricultural use for farming. Before they began developing the project, a special blend of grass seed was planted to enhance the organic soil quality over time, making it more conducive for farming later on. If and when the solar farm is removed, the soil will not only be available again for farming purposes but it will be better quality soil than it was before the solar farm was created. During the development of this project no concrete was used to secure the solar panels to the ground because this would ruin the top soil and not allow for the land to be returned to farming purposes. Community Energy also placed a bond to pay for the removal and recycling of the project when the time comes.
  2. Materials Used:
    All materials used for this project are recyclable. Steel pilings were driven into the ground as a base for the solar panels rather than concrete. The construction consisted of racking, an “A” frame, rails, and then the panel itself. Silicon and aluminum were used to make the panels and frames so once they have reached their 40 year life span, the panels can be reused to make new solar panels aiding in sustainability efforts. The modules used for this project were created by Canadian Solar. They are a mix of mono and polycrystalline.
  3. Proximity:
    Another advantage of the Keystone Solar Farm is its proximity to the substation it must plug into. Community Energy was strategic in where it decided to place this solar project. They understood that the closer the solar farm was to the grid, the cheaper it would be for their customers and less power transmission would be lost from panel to customer. This was to ensure the highest quality solar power. They tapped the 12.47kV line that runs along Deaver Road - about 1/3 mile to the Buck substation. That is the POI (point of interconnection).

 

Benefits of Using Solar Power:

  • No emissions:
    Solar power is created by harvesting the sun’s energy. This means no smoke, gas, or other chemical by-products. This is essential to creating a more sustainable environment because it counteracts the negative health and environmental effects of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide that are emitted by antiquated fuel sources. panel upclose
  • Infinite supply:
    Solar power doesn’t rely on obtaining fossil fuels that you find within the earth that are limited. Fossil fuel sources are becoming more and more depleted. As a result, the fossil fuel industry has resorted to extreme forms of extraction like mountain top removal, tar sands and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) which have a significant impact on our shared resources. Since solar power relies on the sun, and the sun will always be present, solar power is a renewable resource in which we don’t have to worry about depleting.
  • Low maintenance:
    Solar farms require little maintenance after completion. There is no need to extract, refine or transport materials when using solar energy.  For Keystone specifically, there is one person who checks the farm annually. Inspection of panels and operating systems can take up to two weeks, but this is done once a year and requires no additional follow ups (as long as the operation is running smoothly).
  • Life expectancy:
    A solar panel’s life expectancy can range between 25-40 depending on the manufacturer. The solar panels used for the Keystone project have a life expectancy of 40 years. Life expectancy can also vary due to the wear it receives from the surrounding environment.
  • Low Volatility:
    Solar power has a stable with little volatility. This means that solar power generation will always produce. Solar power is a good investment because you can always count on the sun to generate its power. There is little risk and a steady return.
  • No pollution:
    With solar power there is no carbon, methane or particulate emissions. Solar power doesn’t require power plants or mining or drilling operations. The result is less air pollution and less destruction of the natural environment. Solar panels can be easily installed as large scale farms like Keystone, but can also be formatted to fit small scale areas like rooftops. Solar power farms also leave behind no disturbance of land and like Keystone, the land can even be returned to farm for agricultural purposes. 
  • Cost:
    As solar power becomes more prominent and companies begin to experiment with the process, the cost for solar power will eventually go down. Solar power also removes the additional costs of transporting fossil fuels which includes monetary costs as well as environmental costs like pollution. The cost of solar has been gradually coming down. Solar energy was 22 cents per kWh in 2011. In 2012, it was reduced to 17.5 cents per KWh. In 2013, the price dropped even more to 14.5 cents per kWh. Since solar power relies on the sun, the cost to generate this form of power won’t go up because it is an unlimited resource. install(Community Enery team members work to install solar panels- Photo by Community Energy Inc.)
  • Competitiveness:
    There are 3 variable factors that make solar energy competitive in the market. These include cost of capital, cost of installation and cost of alternatives.  When referencing capital, we’re talking about finance. Investors are continually lowering interest rates on loans to finance solar projects. Solar is an attractive investment because of the highly predictable output and steady returns. Installation costs continue to drop due to abundant supply of modules and once installed solar projects require minimal maintenance. Finally, as the price of  alternatives such as natural gas increases, it will be more economic to build solar projects making projects like Keystone Solar a great investment.


Current Sponsor:

  • Millersville University:
    Millersville University is one of the original contributors to the Keystone Solar Project. Millersville University partnered with Community Energy for this project to add more initiatives to their sustainability effort program.  I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Roger Bruszewski, Vice President of Finance & Administration, about Millersville’s decision to invest in solar energy.
  • Why did Millersville University decide to use solar power?
    Millersville University is dedicated to reducing their carbon footprint. They have taken on sustainability efforts such as the first and only zero waste commencement as well as forming their own sustainability committee. The decision to go solar only supported their own personal efforts to reduce their carbon footprint thereby painting a brighter future for the community in which they reside.   Millersville University decided to partner with Community Energy primarily to develop a new energy source on campus. Additionally solar power would offset the energy credits they were no longer receiving from their previous power company and the partnership would provide many new academic opportunities.
  • Reducing the carbon footprint:
    Millersville made the decision to reduce their footprint and has implemented various sustainability efforts to do just that. They had signed on with an independent company called Sightline’s who has tracked their carbon emissions since 2005. Since then Millersville has reduced their carbon footprint by 22% and hopes to continue reducing their emissions. Although Millersville has used various sustainability methods to reduce their carbon footprint, using solar power has contributed significantly to the declining number.
  • New Energy Source:
    Another factor that contributed to the University’s decision to go solar was finding a new source of energy for the campus. There is more than one way to promote sustainability and the decision to go solar was a small way to add another component to these efforts at Millersville University. Millersville uses electrical power and has been slowly switching their buildings to natural gas. Solar power was just another form of energy to help the University go green.
  • Losing Energy Credits:
    Another factor that influenced Millersville’s decision to go solar was the loss of energy credits from their old company. Keystone Solar provided an opportunity for Millersville to regain their energy credits by purchasing solar power. Energy credits are a way to reduce your footprint on electricity consumption and help with funding of renewable energy projects. When solar energy credits (SRECs) are purchased it guarantees the energy is added to the power grid from a renewable source and supports further development of these projects.
  • Academic:
    Finally, Millersville’s decision to purchase solar power from Keystone was also influenced by the academic opportunities it provides it's sponsors. Keystone offers a solar energy curriculum involving ongoing project development topics such as policy, technology, environmental/earth sciences, business/finance and many more.  Students have the opportunity to get hands on experience with solar energy development as well as visit the site and see for themselves how this technology works. This gives students an opportunity to develop careers within the renewable energy market and pave the way for a cleaner future.
    The course provides students with access to videos, documents, designs and plans not offered in a classroom. There are 11 potential lesson plans available online and materials consist of 50 or more actually documents used to develop the project and can be used to match a professor’s course. Each lesson is introduced with a brief video outlining the subjects covered and introduces other videos and subtopics that will be covered in that lesson.
    The 11 topics included in this outline are the Introduction, Why Solar?, Solar 101, Policy, Technology, Connecting to the Grid, Environmental/Earth Sciences, Business, Finance, Construction and It Takes a Village. Each topic takes an in-depth look at each development phase of the solar project and provides insights students would otherwise not be able to obtain. For example, the Finance section looks at how the project was funded and helps students understand solar renewable energy credits, sources of funding and requirements as well as debt and equity investments. For those students interested in the environment and getting involved with renewable energy as a future career, this curriculum provides the perfect opportunity to do so. It also was an opportunity Millersville couldn’t deprive it’s students of!

tour(Walking tour of Keystone Solar Farm-Photo by Community Energy Inc.)

  • Current power sources:
    Millersville University currently receives 212 mWh of solar energy per year and there are no specific utilities or buildings that use solar power. It accounts for less than 1% of total energy used on the campus; however, Millersville is currently working on having solar panels installed on campus so students can have a first row experience to see how the solar energy process works.
  • Expenses:
    The cost to purchase solar power is still expensive. Although renewable energy has been around for awhile, the technology and desire for solar energy is still young. Once solar energy becomes more widely accepted and less experimental, the price is expected to come down. Millersville agreed to a 5 year contract with Keystone Solar in which they will receive 212MWh annually. According to Mr. Bruszewski, deciding to invest in solar energy is about balancing cost and sustainability. They invested in solar energy because they wanted to add another component to their sustainability program, but this decision cost them 30-40% more money than their current energy supply. Millersville had to look at the cost of solar energy and compare it with what they wanted to do. They are a University dedicated to promoting sustainability within the community so Mr. Bruszewski saw it as a move in the right direction. To go solar, you must think through the cost and all the ramifications before committing to purchasing this type of energy. At this point, Mr. Bruszewski says that he will not invest in more solar energy until the price comes down.
  • Will solar energy change the Lancaster community?
    Although solar energy has numerous benefits, it’s hard to measure the direct impact it will have on the community. The exact amount needed to make a dramatic impact is unknown, but using solar energy has contributed to Millersville’s efforts to reduce their carbon footprint within the community. At this point, Mr. Bruszewski along with Millersville University, aim to keep reducing their carbon footprint, but there is no specific goal to do so regarding their use of solar energy. Millersville University has implemented various sustainability efforts such as their zero-waste commencement and will continue to promote such efforts on campus to provide a cleaner and brighter future for the community in which they reside. As for solar energy, they will continue with their five year contract and hopefully the cost of using solar energy will go down and become a more affordable commodity.


Employee Perspective:

 

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(Amy Failing- Photo by Community Energy Inc.)


Amy Failing, the Marketing associate for Community Energy was asked about her opinions on the work the company is doing with the Keystone Project.  When asked why she thought solar energy is so important for Lancaster and the environment as a whole, her reply was:


“The Keystone Solar Project, the largest customer-driven solar project in PA, is an important installation for Pennsylvania and the environment at large because of the impact it has on improving local air quality and its demonstration of the commitment in the private sector to continue to innovate and develop despite lack of public policy pushing clean energy in PA in the oversupplied SREC market.  Strong local partners such as Drexel University, The Clean Air Council, The Philadelphia Phillies, Millersville University, Franklin & Marshall College, Juniata College, Eastern University, Marywood University, and SCA America joined us to sponsor the project and make it possible to build local solar. In particular, this project is essential as a case study for smart clean energy development on precious community land. Lancaster County, known for its significant Amish population and prime agricultural land, is the site of the Keystone Solar Project. Community Energy worked to uniquely develop this project using no concrete and a soil top composition that will leave the land in better agricultural condition than it began, when the project is eventually deconstructed after the land lease lapses.  This was important for Community Energy to work with the local community in order to develop this project in a way that will benefit the community ongoing.”


Amy also stated why she enjoys working for a renewable energy company:


“I enjoy working for Community Energy because every day I get the opportunity to make an impact on my surrounding community.  I know that the work I am doing is creating good for our environment and making our planet a better place to live. I am also fortunate that our company culture fosters innovative thinking, and a fast-paced environment that gives me the opportunity to constantly implement new ideas. Working alongside people and partners that are finding new ways to make our world more sustainable is really what excites me to get up and go to work every day.”


Getting Involved with Community Energy:
Community Energy is actively trying to recruit new partners to make the environment more sustainable. Not only have they made a huge impact within the Lancaster community but the company is working to expand their services to those around the Lancaster community as well. Recently, they approached Temple University to develop a partnership.

  • Temple on Board:
    With the help of Community Energy’s 1,500 Philadelphia customers and Temple’s commitment to promoting sustainability, the two have partnered to develop a new solar array on the University’s main North Philadelphia campus. Community Energy will be building and operating a 63-kW PV panel system on the roof of Edberg-Olson Hall, which is located on 10th and Diamond Streets. The profits from Community Energy’s residential electric customers were used to help finance the project. Community Energy Solar at Temple will be the first solar system on a college or university campus within the city of Philadelphia. The kickoff celebration was held on October 24, 2013, and a larger dedication ceremony will be hosted in January of 2014students(Photo by Community Energy Inc.)
  • How do I get solar energy?
    Are you interested in becoming a part of the solar power community? If you choose Community Energy as your electric supplier, you are not only building more renewable energy, but supporting your local community while providing a clean, sustainable environment. Purchasing from Community Energy, which sources its wind and solar power from projects like Keystone, also supports young minds within your community who are becoming future leaders in renewable energy for a brighter and cleaner future.
  • Options:
    There are two options available for the standard-residential consumer in the PPL territory; this includes 100% PA Wind and Solar which provides flexibility because its payment is month-to- month and provides 100% of your energy needs from PA sourced clean energy projects. The other option, Solar Builder, matches your utility’s current rate, is month-to-month with no contract, and gives consumers the opportunity to support clean energy development at no additional cost. If interested in switching to renewable energy visit www.CommunityEneryInc.com/signup or call Community Energy at 1-866-946-3123 to discuss an option that is best suited to you.


The Choice is Yours:
Community Energy is dedicated to bringing their community and local environment a cleaner and brighter future with solar and wind generation. They believe it is possible to reverse the negative effects of climate change that are so evident today. Community Energy asks the questions “What future do you want?” In Pennsylvania, we have a choice between renewable energy sources or non-renewable sources. Community Energy wants people to know that you don’t have to participate in pollution. You have the power to positively impact the world in which you live and it can begin with the simple decision to invest in clean energy right now with your electric bill. Community Energy has built a market for renewable energy sources because they believe a cleaner future is possible. Without your commitment to clean energy sources such as solar power, our global temperature will continue to rise. Just as Millersville University has done, you too can begin to reverse the effects of climate change and Community Energy, along with their portfolio of clean energy projects such as the Keystone Solar Farm, can provide you with an easy way!

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