Gov. Edward G. Rendell, D-Pa., has announced $20.7 million of investments in 25 energy projects in Pennsylvania. The projects are expected to produce or save 2.2 billion kWh of electricity over their lifetimes and create 430 permanent green jobs, 1,068 construction jobs and help to retain 4,110 manufacturing jobs by stabilizing energy costs with on-site renewable energy systems.
Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority awarded $20.7 million in grants, including $10 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Public funding leverages another $120 million in private matching funds, for a total investment of $140.7 million.
In addition, the projects include 9.3 MW of solar, geothermal, and wind projects, carbon capture for coal, biodigesters for farms, combined heat and power and efficient lighting systems.
Among the planned projects is a 3 MW wind facility at the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority site using $1.5 million from ARRA. The power will be supplied to the Turkey Hill dairy farm.
Two 1.5 MW GE wind turbines will be deployed, and the facility is expected to produce about 180 million kWh over its lifetime. Two new permanent, full-time positions will be filled, and 35 new temporary, full-time and 10 new temporary, part-time jobs will be created. In addition, the project received matching funds of $6.75 million.