University of Pittsburgh breaks ground on 20-MW solar project

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Construction has begun on a 20 MW solar power plant near Pittsburgh International Airport. The power plant will provide power to the University of Pittsburgh for the next 20 years.

Credit: University of Pittsburgh

Constructed on a 68-acre site on the border of Findlay Township in Allegheny County and Independence Township in Beaver County, the Gaucho Solar Project is expected to come online in 2023 and will open in western Pennsylvania when it becomes operational. One of the largest solar projects, with approximately 55,000 solar-powered panels.

The project is being built by a Texas-based company. vesper energywhich has partnered with the University of Pittsburgh through a Power Purchase Agreement, ensures Pitt secures 100% of the project’s energy and environmental attributes for the next 20 years.

Once operational, the Gaucho Solar project will generate over 35,700 MWh of electricity annually, covering approximately 18% of the Pittsburgh campus’s annual electricity usage, saving the university millions of dollars over the life of the contract. is predicted. The project requires no initial capital or maintenance costs from the university, and ensures pit pricing throughout the contract.

“The University of Pittsburgh is committed to achieving carbon neutrality on our Pittsburgh campus by 2037, with one-third of that achievement coming from local renewable energy,” said Pitt’s Sustainable Development Goals. said Aurora Charrard, Executive Director of Sex. “Vesper’s Gaucho solar facility will deliver the largest amount of energy to date toward the University’s goal of generating or sourcing 50% of its entire Pittsburgh campus’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030, and 100% by 2037. We are very excited to contribute to renewable assets.”

The array will incorporate pollinator-friendly landscaping and an observation area will be built adjacent to the system so Pit students can incorporate it into their school curriculum.

“Vesper Energy is proud to partner with the University of Pittsburgh to help them reach their goal of 100% renewable electricity to power their campus. With great partners like the University of Pittsburgh, we plan to bring more clean energy projects online in Pennsylvania in the near future,” said Craig Carson, CEO of Vesper Energy.

Construction on the project will continue through the winter, and the facility is expected to start generating renewable electricity by mid-2023.

Announcement from the University of Pittsburgh

Credit: Tom Altany/University of Pittsburgh

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