Feds send $90M for largest Pennsylvania solar project yet

(The Center Square) — The federal government is goosing Pennsylvania’s solar energy footprint, sending $90 million to create the largest solar project in the state on reclaimed mine land.

The project, in Clearfield County, will be almost twice as big as the large solar project in operation, estimated to produce more than 400 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 70,000 homes.

“Tens of millions of dollars” will flow into Goshen and Girard Townships, said Matt Birchby, president of Swift Current Energy, whose Mineral Basin Solar Power subsidiary was awarded the money from the Department of Energy.

The company also promised $200,000 annual donations into community funds for Clearfield County “to support local projects and initiatives.”

“This project will increase regional access to clean energy and fill a critical electricity-generation gap following the closure of the Homer City coal plant,” a Department of Energy press release said. “The project expects to create more
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