October 21, 2008

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Tobyhanna Army Depot gets state money for energy project

HARRISBURG – A private company will receive almost $200,000 in state money for an energy project that should help reduce emissions at the Tobyhanna Army Depot.

Ameresco Inc. will spend $198,000 to install a 600 KW ground-mounted photovoltaic array at the Tobyhanna Army Depot. The solar array will generate 868,000 KWh per year of electricity. The solar array is expected to reduce NOx emissions by 1,273 pounds, SOx emissions by 3 tons and carbon dioxide emissions by 456 tons per year.

The funding is part of a state investment of nearly $12 million in alternative clean energy projects that will create at least 1,200 full- and part-time jobs and attract nearly $118 million in private investment.

 “We are investing in Pennsylvania businesses and organizations that are committed to the development of clean-burning home-grown fuels and renewable energy sources,” said Governor Edward Rendell of the projects approved by the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority. “The investment in innovative technologies and energy efficiency will help drive energy costs down, provide affordable energy, create good-paying, green jobs in communities throughout the state and reduce our dependence on foreign fuel.”

The projects are expected to generate at least 488,363 megawatt hours of electricity and conserve another 2,500 megawatt hours, which is comparable to creating enough power from clean energy to power almost 50,000 homes.

 The projects will also avoid polluting emissions from traditional power plants, including more than 310,000 tons of carbon dioxide, 2,000 tons of sulfur dioxide and 430 tons of nitrogen oxides – pollutants that combine to form ground-level ozone and smog, the equivalent to removing 55,000 cars from the road.

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