Philadelphia-area transit agency expects six-figure annual savings from 44 MW solar project

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority projects savings “in the order of several hundred thousand dollars a year, on average, over the 20-year term” of a power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 43.8 MW solar farm, said SEPTA’s Director of Innovation Erik Johanson in a pv magazine interview.

The solar farm, to be owned and operated by Lightsource BP, will offset 20% of SEPTA’s annual electricity consumption.

SEPTA’s decision was driven by the agency’s greenhouse gas reduction goals outlined in its sustainability plan, while the timing reflected recent reductions in solar costs, Johanson said.