Mar. 16, 2018

HARRISBURG – Rep. Zach Mako (R-Lehigh/Northampton) today announced a $371,250 Solar Energy Program grant was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Agency for a system at the Bethlehem Authority’s water filtration plant in Northampton Borough.

The Solar Energy Program (SEP) provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds to promote the use of solar energy in Pennsylvania. This specific grant was awarded to NEE Investments, which plans to install a 675-kilowatt ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system on the authority’s property.

“I’m pleased to see the Bethlehem Authority take advantage of this opportunity to use renewable energy to power its plant,” Mako said. “Diversifying the energy portfolio is important to reduce dependence on one energy source. I look forward to this project’s completion.”

The system will generate 924,000 kilowatt-hours annually, 100 percent of the facility’s annual electricity usage. Electricity generated will be sold to the Bethlehem Authority under a 25-year power purchase agreement. The total project cost is $1.28 million, with NEE Investments providing $911,250 in matching funds.

The 183rd District includes South Whitehall (part), Washington and Whitehall (part) townships and Slatington Borough in Lehigh County. It also consists of Allen, Lehigh and Moore (part) townships, and North Catasauqua, Northampton and Walnutport boroughs in Northampton County.

Representative Zachary Mako
183rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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