Solar Farm in Lancaster County holding Saturday Open House

 (Photos courtesy of Community Energy)

(Photos courtesy of Community Energy)

Pennsylvania’s largest solar farm is having an open house for the public this weekend.

The Kreider Farm was once home to chickens and cows, but now solar panels cover the property. Community Energy’s Brent Alderfer says the 30 acre property is designed to generate about six megawatts of electricity.

“That supplies enough energy for about 1,500 homes,” said Alderfer.

The solar panels will work for about 25 years. Alderfer says they are installed so the farm can be used right after they are removed.

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Russell Zerbo of the Clean Air Council says the facility is important to show solar farms still work in Pennsylvania.

“The state government really tanked the Pennsylvania solar market by allowing energy providers to purchase their energy outside the state,” said Zerbo. “A lot of providers purchase their solar credits from New Jersey where they are cheaper and they are getting state money.”

The Phillies and several universities in Philadelphia have contracts to buy power from the farm.

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