So I’ve been chairing an intergovernmental solar power purchase agreement working group. It’s a coalition of municipal and county governments, one school district, and a few authorities looking to buy some or all of our electricity from solar. All told, we purchase about 28,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. There is interest from a housing authority, a joint authority, and a transportation authority in joining now. If that were to happen, we’d be at about 32,500,000 kilowatt hours. If 100% of that were to go solar it would be like taking more than 4,800 cars off the road.
I don’t want to imply that all of the governmental bodies will stay in, that all of them will go 100% solar, or that we will even sign a power purchase agreement. But just imagine how amazing it would be if we Central Pennsylvania governments were leading the way in Pennsylvania on securing cheap zero carbon electricity. And what if we did it here in Centre County and with the best management practices we know of to secure pollinator habitat and built soil?
That’s something worth imagining isn’t it?