New Sun Tribe solar project will offset 10% of Pennsylvania borough’s energy use

Sun Tribe Development has signed a Power Purchase Agreement with the Borough of Chambersburg for a 19.5-MWDC solar system which will meet 10% of the community’s power needs when it’s completed in 2021. Chambersburg is home to the largest municipal electric utility in the state of Pennsylvania.

The PPA allows the Borough to lock in affordable rates for the long-term, serving as source of budgeting certainty and a hedge against rising wholesale power prices in the future.

“The Borough of Chambersburg is widely recognized for running one of the largest, most innovative, and comprehensive municipal electric utilities in our region, so we were thrilled to be chosen as their solar partner,” said Danny Van Clief, CEO of Sun Tribe Development. “Our company believes in a community-focused approach, and we’re looking forward to working with local and regional stakeholders at every step in the process as we create jobs and bring solar to Chambersburg.”

“As we continue to focus on economic recovery during the COVID-19 crisis, we believe that solar is the right choice to support that effort,” said Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill.

“This announcement is further demonstration of the commitment of Pennsylvania’s municipal utilities to providing reliable, low-cost electric service to the citizens and business that call our communities home,” said Diane Bosak, executive director of the Pennsylvania Municipal Electric Association. “As we look to the future, it’s clear that solar provides an exciting opportunity for municipal utilities to continue protecting ratepayers while strengthening local economies.”

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