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SEPTA signs power contract for two solar farms

The solar farms will generate nearly 20 percent of SEPTA's electricity demand.
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The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) signed a power contract with the Lightsource BP for the company to finance, build and operate two solar farms in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. 

The solar farms, totaling totaling 43.8 MWdc, will generate 67,029 MWh of solar energy annually, or nearly 20 percent of SEPTA's 380,000 MWh per year electricity demand, Lightsource officials said in press release.

Generation from the solar farms is also expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 47,390 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. 

“Transit is inherently sustainable, and supporting the development of local renewable energy is another way we can deepen our positive environmental impact,” said SEPTA General Manager Leslie Richards. “The agreement will help us achieve our long-term and ambitious sustainability goals in this vital field, which will only become more important as we emerge from this crisis.”

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