Community Energy Proposes Lancaster County Solar Farm

Tue January 12, 2010 - Northeast Edition

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) Pennsylvania could see its largest solar farm soaking up the sun in Lancaster County.

Suburban Philadelphia company Community Energy is seeking to build a $20 million crop of solar panels amid grass on 40 acres of a farm in East Drumore Township.

Rows of 20- by-8-ft. (6 by 2.4 m) glass panels would generate about 6 megawatts, enough electricity to continuously power about 900 homes.

Community Energy President Brent Alderfer said the project would create no noise, odor, erosion, truck traffic or pollution and would generate tax revenue.

If approved, Alderfer said construction could begin in the summer or fall. It would take five or six months to begin generating electricity.