Duquesne Light Commits to New PA Solar Farm

7,000 Pittsburgh area homes to be powered by solar energy

On September 28, 2022, An-Li Herring reports on WESA 90.5 “Duquesne Light Co. announced Monday that the Pennsylvania Utility Commission approved its 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Pine Gate Renewables. As part of the deal, the North Carolina developer will build a roughly 10-acre solar farm in Armstrong County.”

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North Carolina-based developer Pine Gate Renewables will build and operate the facility under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Duquesne Light. It’s expected to generate enough electricity for 7,000 homes – a tiny fraction of the total amount of power Duquesne Light supplies to its more than 600,000 customers in Allegheny and Beaver counties.

As demand for clean energy grows, Duquesne Light bankrolls new Armstrong County solar farm
Pine Gate Renewables is a utility-scale renewable energy company focused on strategic development and financing of solar and energy storage projects in the United States. Source

“We wanted to do this one specific contract that would be using our buying power on behalf of our customers to help finance a solar facility in western Pennsylvania. Customers and communities want to move to greener, cleaner power. And so our objective from the utility’s perspective was to try to be creative about how we could facilitate that. This is a pilot program. We hope it puts us in a position that we want to do more [of these projects] in the future, but we have to see how this one plays out.”

David Fisfis, Duquesne Light’s vice president of energy policy and general counsel
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