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Universities & Colleges From NC & PA Unite On Huge Solar Power Project In … Kentucky?

By District Energy posted 04-25-2024 07:00

  

Clean Technica

Summary

On April 22, the North Carolina school Davidson College announced that it is part of a nine-member, multi-state partnership in a PPA involving the new 150-megawatt SeBree Solar II solar power plant, to be constructed in Henderson County by the leading renewable energy producer NextEra Energy Resources.

The other eight members are Wake Forest University and Elon University in North Carolina; and Dickinson College, Haverford College, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Muhlenberg College, and Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.

If all goes according to plan, Sebree Solar II will begin construction next year, towards a startup date in 2026.

If you’re wondering how much it will cost to transmit all those clean kilowatt-hours from Kentucky to North Carolina and Pennsylvania, that’s a good question. The project enables the nine schools to claim renewable energy credits (RECs) for their campuses. Davidson, for example, will get credit for the equivalent of all the electricity it purchases, enabling it to put a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on its books.

As part of the agreement, NextEra is also providing the partner institutions with educational resources and internships centering on the project.

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