A water utility that serves companies across the United States recently announced it has completed a 1.5-megawatt solar farm at its water treatment plant in Schuylkill Township in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
The solar farm is expected to help provide power to the utility's water treatment plant. The farm spans more than 6 acres and is expected to reduce the company's grid-tied usage by 2.2 million kilowatts annually, saving the company roughly $130,000 per year.
David Smeltzer, chief financial officer of the water utility, believes this solar farm will demonstrate how the use of green energy can help companies reduce their costs.
"Additionally, there is an environmental benefit because we are producing power with greatly reduced emissions, which shrinks our carbon footprint and helps lower the need for the construction of new power generation facilities," said Smeltzer.
Chester County may soon see another solar farm popping up, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The newspaper said the solar farm is proposed to use 35,000 panels to generate roughly 10 megawatts of pollution free energy.
Thanks to the deregulation of Pennsylvania's energy market, consumers in the state can take advantage of increasing green energy options by finding a provider that offers renewable energy options at competitive prices.