Solar array contracted on behalf the City

70MW

Utility savings at PMA

23%

Jobs created from PMA projects

329

Streetlights to be converted to LED

105,000+

Program Updates

Adams Solar PPA

In 2018, PEA signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement on behalf of the City for 70 MW of solar electricity, to be built about 2.5 hours west in Adams County, PA. As the sole offtaker of the project, the City enabled the construction of Pennsylvania’s largest solar array, and expects to receive power by June 2022 (which represents a delay resulting from COVID-19). This array will provide 22% of the City’s municipal electricity.

The project developer was Community Energy, and the Owner/Operator is Engie. Both companies agreed to create opportunities for diverse trainees and contractors as part of the project. This project would not have been possible without the leadership of the City’s Energy Office, Office of Sustainability and the City Law Department.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) had the highest energy consumption of any City building a few years ago, due to the complex humidity requirements and 24/7 nature of their operations, all needed to protect priceless art. PEA supported the Office of Sustainability to execute an energy performance contract at PMA to reduce water and energy use dramatically. PEA holds the long-term contract with Johnson Controls, the selected vendor.

The project invested $11.3 million in energy and water conservation measures, and will generate over $750,000 in guaranteed annual savings. Total project savings are 23% for energy and 8% for water. Construction was completed in 2020.

The project created 329 jobs and 44% of all contracts were awarded to minority and women-owned businesses. View full case study by Johnson Controls.

LED Streetlighting

PEA is supporting procurement and contracting on behalf of the City for a conversion of Philadelphia’s 105,000+ streetlights to energy-efficient LEDs. This project alone will reduce our City carbon footprint by 9%, and saves more energy than any other project we’ve done. The project will include innovative lighting controls, some smart city technology and significant neighborhood-level community engagement. It will reduce the number of streetlight outages significantly and the project will pay for itself through the energy savings.

Importantly, this project will be felt and seen in every neighborhood in Philadelphia. It will impact public safety, comfort and in recent studies, has even been shown to have an effect on crime.

For details on the procurement process, currently active, visit our public bids page here.

Energy Master Plan for the Built Environment

In 2020, OOS released an update to the City’s Energy Master Plan, which highlights the city’s progress toward our energy and climate goals.

This updates the 2017 Energy Master Plan, which provides a roadmap for how the City will reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions to meet the City’s goal of 80% carbon reduction by 2050.

Powering Our Future: A Clean Energy Vision for Philadelphia

In 2018, OOS released a citywide Clean Energy Vision and Action Plan that serves as a roadmap for all Philadelphians to help mitigate the worst effects of climate change. The plan highlights five areas of focus:

  • Clean Electricity Supply
  • Citywide Solar
  • Energy-efficient Homes and Businesses
  • Low-carbon Thermal Energy
  • Low-carbon Economy

Check out the full report and the Action Plan here.