Juniata Makes Commitment to Sustainability to Solar Energy Company
(Posted December 12, 2012)
RADNOR, Pa. -- Juniata College has committed to purchase 50
megawatt hours of Keystone Solar energy certificates annually for the next seven years. Community Energy will supply the clean energy generation from the Keystone Solar Project that is up and running in Lancaster, Pa.
In addition Juniata will partner with Keystone Solar in the energy
"This achievement demonstrates Juniata College consistent leadership in matching renewable energy with educational opportunities. For Juniata College PRAXISTM is an exciting opportunity. We look forward to introducing these new learning modules into the classroom."
Dennis Johnson, professor and chair of environmental science at Juniata
company's PRAXIS product program, an innovative product where the energy company provides renewable energy certificates for sustainable power and access to online learning platform called Building Keystone Solar so partner institutions can incorporate solar energy educational lessons and tools into classwork in environmental science and possibly other courses.
As the country and state move toward a clean energy future, sponsorship
of the Keystone Solar Project highlights Juniata CollegeÂ¹s commitment to
environmental sustainability. The 5 Megawatt Keystone Solar Farm is located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. and will be one of largest solar projects in the state. The Keystone Solar Farm is a grid connected project, selling wholesale power into a 13-state electric power market, which began operations in fall 2012.
Each time a renewable energy producer adds electricity to the national
electric grid, those additions produce a Renewable Energy Credit. Such
credits represent the additional cost and value of a specific amount of
renewable energy that is generated. These credits are the industry
standard method of accounting for renewable energy production.
"This achievement demonstrates Juniata College consistent leadership in
matching renewable energy with educational opportunities. For Juniata
College the online lessons are an exciting opportunity. We look forward to
introducing these new learning modules into the classroom." said Dennis
Johnson,professor and chair of environmental science at Juniata.
As part of the sponsorship commitment, Juniata College will have access to "Building Keystone Solar" an online course designed to invite students and professors behind the scenes of the utility-scale real-world solar project development process with in-depth videos, documents, designs and plans not otherwise available in the classroom.
"Building Keystone Solar" is being developed to help expand experiential
learning on campus and create pathways to careers in Renewable Energy for university students. An example of the course modules include: Solar 101, Environmental/Earth Sciences, Technology, and Construction.Community Energy is proud to offer PennsylvaniaÂ¹s largest utility-scale solar project as a real-time teaching tool to Keystone green power customers.
The materials will also feature explanations of renewable energy career
paths from professionals in the field. Future graduates of Juniata
College will have a greater renewable energy IQ as well as greater knowledge of the career paths available to them.
Juniata College has a college-wide initiative to reduce its carbon
footprint. The college has already taken many steps toward this goal and
is well on its way to reaching it. Purchasing Keystone Solar is one
further step toward a sustainable energy future. In a difficult economy
that demands excellence,Juniata College has set a strong example for how to not only set an environmental goal, but make that goal mean something.
"Juniata College has been a renewable energy leader for many years.
Without renewable energy purchases like this one, renewable energy
projects would not be built. Thanks to Juniata, Keystone Solar is
happening. We hope that more Universities will make the same choice to
support local solar," said Brent Alderfer, President of Community Energy.
This purchase goes beyond simply reducing the collegeÂ¹s carbon footprint. It is also about supporting local renewable energy. The purchase directly supports solar in Pennsylvania.
The Keystone Solar Project is a 5 megawatt (AC) ground-mounted solar
project that will produce approximately 8,000 MWh of electricity annually,
the equivalent of powering 950 homes or avoiding 5,516 tons of carbon
dioxide each year. Community Energy is the developer of the Keystone
Solar Project and is working in partnership with Exelon Generation, the
wholesale off-taker on the project. Juniata College joins the Clean Air
Council, Drexel University, Franklin & Marshall College, Millersville
University, Marywood University and Eastern University as a charter
"This will give Juniata graduates a strong competitive edge in the
emerging clean sector," says Jay Carlis, VP of Community EnergyÂ¹s Retail
About Community Energy, Inc.
Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) has been leading renewable energy development since its founding in 1999. By launching the market for direct sales of renewable energy to retail electric customers, CEI first leveraged
electric choice to build demand for new renewable projects, and went on to deliver wind energy at significant scale.
In 2009, CEI expanded into solar project development, focusing on solar generation at both utility and customer scale in advancing solar markets. CEI continues to lead the industry by offering the full economic and environmental advantages of solar and wind energy to its array of customers and utility partners.
Company projects include the Bear Creek Wind Farm, a 24-megawatt project built in 2006 in PennsylvaniaÂ¹s Pocono Mountains and a 7.8 megawatt Vineland Solar Project in the City of Vineland, NJ. For more information, visit www.CommunityEnergyInc.com.
Contact Gabe Welsch at firstname.lastname@example.org or (814) 641-3131 for more information.