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Juniata College Joins Fellow Higher Education Institutions in Community Solar Project

December 11, 2012

Juniata College Makes a Commitment to Keystone Solar – Powering Education and Renewable Energy

Joins Charter Customers of Keystone Solar: A 5 MW (ac) Solar Project in Pennsylvania

Radnor, PA – Juniata College has committed to purchase 50 MWh of Keystone Solar annually for the next seven years. Community Energy will supply the clean energy generation from the Keystone Solar Project that is up and running in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. As the country and state move toward a clean energy future, sponsorship of the Keystone Solar Project highlights Juniata College’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

“This achievement demonstrates Juniata College consistent leadership in matching renewable energy with educational opportunities. For Juniata College PRAXISTM is an exciting opportunity. We look forward to introducing these new learning modules into the classroom.” said Dennis Johnson, professor and chair of environmental science at Juniata.

Juniata College has a college-wide initiative to reduce its carbon footprint.  The college has already taken many steps toward this goal and is well on its way to reaching it.  Purchasing Keystone Solar is one further step toward a sustainable energy future.  In a difficult economy that demands excellence, Juniata College has set a strong example for how to not only set an environmental goal, but make that goal mean something.

“Juniata College has been a renewable energy leader for many years.  Without renewable energy purchases like this one, renewable energy projects would not be built.  Thanks to Juniata, Keystone Solar is happening. We hope that more Universities will make the same choice to support local solar,” said Brent Alderfer, President of Community Energy.

This purchase goes beyond simply reducing the college’s carbon footprint.  It is also about supporting local renewable energy.  The purchase directly supports solar in Pennsylvania.

The Keystone Solar Project is a 5 megawatt (AC) ground-mounted solar project that will produce approximately 8,000 MWh of electricity annually, the equivalent of powering 950 homes or avoiding 5,516 tons of carbon dioxide each year.  Community Energy is the developer of the Keystone Solar Project and is working in partnership with Exelon Generation, the wholesale off-taker on the project. Juniata College joins the Clean Air Council, Drexel University, Franklin & Marshall College, Millersville University, Marywood University and Eastern University as a charter customer.

As part of the sponsorship commitment, Juniata College will have access to “Building Keystone Solar” an online course designed to invite students and professors behind the scenes of the real-world solar project development process with in-depth videos, documents, designs and plans not otherwise available in the classroom.  “Building Keystone Solar” is being developed to help expand experiential learning on campus and create pathways to careers in Renewable Energy for university students. An example of the course modules include: Solar 101, Environmental/Earth Sciences, Technology, and Construction. Community Energy is proud to offer Pennsylvania’s largest utility-scale solar project as a real-time teaching tool to Keystone green power customers.  The materials will also feature explanations of renewable energy career paths from professionals in the field.  Future graduates of Juniata College will have a greater renewable energy IQ as well as greater knowledge of the career paths available to them. 

“This will give Juniata graduates a strong competitive edge in the emerging clean sector,” says Jay Carlis, VP of Community Energy’s Retail Division.

About Community Energy, Inc.

Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) has been leading renewable energy development since its founding in 1999. By launching the market for direct sales of renewable energy to retail electric customers, CEI first leveraged electric choice to build demand for new renewable projects, and went on to deliver wind energy at significant scale. In 2009, CEI expanded into solar project development, focusing on solar generation at both utility and customer scale in advancing solar markets. CEI continues to lead the industry by offering the full economic and environmental advantages of solar and wind energy to its array of customers and utility partners. Company projects include the Bear Creek Wind Farm, a 24 megawatt project in built in 2006 in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains and a 7.8 megawatt Vineland Solar Project in the City of Vineland, NJ. For more information,

About Juniata College

Founded in 1876, Juniata is an independent, co-educational college of liberal arts and sciences. Located in the scenic mountains of central Pennsylvania, the beautiful 110-acre main campus is supplemented by the 365-acre Baker-Henry Nature Preserve and Baker Peace Chapel. In addition, a 365-acre Environmental Studies Field Station on nearby Raystown Lake provides one of the most distinctive opportunities in environmental science in the nation.

The College has a strong reputation for excellent academics, personal attention, and state-of-the-art technological resources. Juniata students enjoy small classes, a challenging, flexible curriculum, collaborative student-faculty relationships, countless chances to learn by doing, and a lively campus offering lots to do and great new friends.

The campus is located at 1700 Moore Street, Huntingdon, PA 16652.  Juniata enrolls about 1619 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs.

Press / Media Contacts: 
Joel Thomas

Rosann Brown
(814) 641-3133

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