Bucknell University completes pollinator-friendly Solar project on PA campus

Oct. 10, 2022
It will also include the plantation of pollinator-friendly vegetation between the panels for attracting bees, butterflies and other species that contribute to ensuring future food security.The project will supply 7% of the University's electricity

Bucknell University and Encore Renewable Energy have completed a 1.76 peak MW solar array installation on the university campus.

The array will come online in the coming weeks at the school’s campus in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Comprising south-facing panels tilted at 25 to 30 degrees on 7 acres of land, the project will have an agricultural fence for safety. It will also include the plantation of pollinator-friendly vegetation between the panels for attracting bees, butterflies and other species that contribute to ensuring future food security.

The project will supply 7% of the University's electricity requirements and contribute to achieving its goal of carbon neutrality by 2030.

"Bucknell has been actively seeking solar opportunities in an effort to achieve goals found in the University's sustainability plan," Bucknell President John Bravman says. "We are pleased to be partnering with Encore and Greenbacker on this project, which will be a model for other organizations of how mid-scale solar power can expand cost-effective renewable energy in Pennsylvania."

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Additionally, the project will provide opportunity for renewable-energy focused teaching and research. It will also generate property tax revenues for the East Buffalo Township and provide the university with price certainty for energy.

"Completing this solar array has been a long process, requiring the efforts of numerous people," said Jim Knight, Bucknell Project Manager and East BuffaloTownship Supervisor, "The clean, renewable energy it contributes to the grid will benefit both the University and the local community. It also provides a great opportunity for student education and research in this rapidly expanding field."

The private school, founded in 1846, sits on more than 400 acres and educates about 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students.