Local, diverse companies and individuals to help construct the grid-scale clean energy project
Philadelphia Energy Authority
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia Energy Authority and Energix Renewables signed an updated Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) enabling the City of Philadelphia to purchase energy generated by the Adams Solar project, which will provide 22% of the City’s municipal electricity use.
Energix Renewables, a leading renewable energy project developer and long-term owner, took over the development, construction, and ownership of the Adams Solar project. The project, located in Adams County, Pennsylvania, is expected to become operational by the end of 2023, and will provide 70 MW of clean energy to the City of Philadelphia, which will account for 22 percent of the electricity needed by city-owned buildings in Philadelphia, significantly advancing the city toward its goal of 2030 zero-carbon electricity.
Beyond the supply of clean energy, the Power Purchase Agreement for the project is also governed by an Economic Opportunity Plan (EOP) to ensure minority-, women-, and disabled person-owned business (M/W/DSBE) participation in the project development.
Christine Knapp, Director, City of Philadelphia Office of Sustainability:
“The City of Philadelphia is excited to work with Energix to bring this important clean energy project to fruition by the end of 2023. Adams Solar is a critical step the City is taking to ensure that 100 percent of all electricity for our operations is sourced from renewable resources by 2030.”
Emily Schapira, President & CEO, Philadelphia Energy Authority:
“Not only will this project decarbonize the City’s electricity, it will save the City money long-term and provide valuable educational and workforce training opportunities for our Bright Solar Futures trainees.
PEA is pleased to partner with Energix to finally move this project forward, and to ensure that participation by local, diverse firms and individuals is maximized in the construction of the Adams Solar project.”
Katherine Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember At-Large, Philadelphia City Council:
“As Chair of Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on the Environment, I am delighted to see the City lead by example toward its commitments to reduce carbon emissions and create equitable, climate-resilient communities.”
Asa (Asi) Levinger, CEO, Energix – Renewable Energies Ltd.:
“Energix is honored to take on the mission to deliver clean energy to the City of Philadelphia and to provide clean and reliable energy for the benefit of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our commitment to the City of Philadelphia and Adams County goes beyond delivering clean power. We are committed to do so in an efficient way, while assuring that the project will positively impact the whole community and will provide great economic benefits.”
Mr. Levinger added, “With more than a decade of experience in developing, constructing, and owning for long term wind and solar projects across the world, I have no doubt that Energix will prove itself to be a great partner. We thank the City of Philadelphia, and especially the Philadelphia Energy Authority for all their work to assure the long-term success of this project.”
The project, initially approved by Philadelphia City Council in late 2018, experienced construction delays due in part to the pandemic.
About Office of Sustainability
The Philadelphia Office of Sustainability (OOS) works with partners around the City to improve the quality of life in all Philadelphia neighborhoods, reduce the city’s carbon emissions, and prepare Philadelphia for a hotter, wetter future. OOS is responsible for implementing Greenworks Philadelphia, the city’s comprehensive sustainability plan. Learn more at www.phila.gov/green.
About Philadelphia Energy Authority
The Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) is a municipal authority building a robust, equitable clean energy economy in Philadelphia. Since 2017, PEA has supported nearly $300 million in clean energy projects and helped create over 2,500 jobs. Among its other work, PEA holds long-term energy contracts on behalf of the City. To learn more, visit www.philaenergy.org.
Energix Renewables is a leading utility-scale solar developer and long-term project owner. It is a subsidiary of Energix – Renewable Energies Ltd., a publicly-traded Israeli company (“Energix”). Energix currently has operations in Israel, Poland, and the United States. In the US, Energix Renewables established its headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, and to date has constructed and is operating more than 170 MW of solar projects, has approximately 500MW in construction or preconstruction phrases, and has more than 6GW in development (which is enough clean energy to power more than 1.5 million homes). Energix leverages its financial strength and extensive industry experience to build sustainable, renewable energy projects that generate revenue for localities, deliver reliable electricity to customers, protect the environment, and provide financial security to its landowner partners. For more information on Energix Renewables please visit our website: https://www.energixrenewables.com