CPV begins construction on 100MW Maple Hill solar facility in Pennsylvania

WCN Editorial Team 25 May 2021 NORTH AMERICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) has announced commencement of construction of 100MW Maple Hill solar facility in Pennsylvania, with support of Gemma Power Systems.

Located on the site of a former coal mine in Portage Township, Pennsylvania, the solar power plant will comprise more than 530W solar panels, which will be supplied by module manufacturer Talesun.

The solar modules will use single axis tracking and include the bifacial technology to maximise energy production.

CPV executive vice president Sean Finnerty said: “CPV is pleased to move forward with the Maple Hill Solar project, which will contribute to the modernization of our electricity generation supply and improve its sustainability.”

Once operational in May 2022, Maple Hill Solar facility is estimated to generate enough electricity to power approximately 18,000 Pennsylvania households while offseting over 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

During the construction phase, the solar project is expected to create nearly 250 jobs.

CPV executive vice president Sean Finnerty said: "CPV is pleased to move forward with the Maple Hill Solar project, which will contribute to the modernization of our electricity generation supply and improve its sustainability.

"We are grateful to partner with the Township of Portage and Cambria County as we lead the competitive power industry toward clean, efficient and renewable generation, without compromising reliability.”

In March this year, CPV announced plans to construct and operate the 175MWac Backbone Solar Farm (CPV Backbone) in Garrett County, Maryland.

To be built on former Vindex/Arch Coal mining sites just north of Kitzmiller, the solar project will support Maryland to achieve its clean energy targets of 14.5% solar energy by 2028 and 50% renewable energy by 2030.

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CPV begins construction on 100MW Maple Hill solar facility in Pennsylvania. Credit: Sebastian Ganso from Pixabay.

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