Solar farm proposed in Hawley

Posted 1/12/22

HAWLEY, PA — A 19-acre solar farm, proposed back in November, is being considered as a potential electricity supplier by the Wallenpaupack Area School District, which could get most of its power from it.

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Solar farm proposed in Hawley

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HAWLEY, PA — A 19-acre solar farm, proposed back in November, is being considered as a potential electricity supplier by the Wallenpaupack Area School District, which could get most of its power from it.

Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support (SEEDS), a Honesdale-based environmental education group, says it “could power the Wallenpaupack School District facilities, or alternatively about 600 homes in the Hawley area.”

The solar farm would be located behind the Lake Region Dime Bank, east of downtown Hawley, off Route 6 near Harmony in the Woods.

At the moment, a feasibility study for the Wallenpaupack Area School District is underway, conducted by a third-party consultant.

A SEEDS newsletter notes that the Palmyra Township Board of Supervisors gave conditional approval for the project to move forward.

The project is proposed by Massachusetts-based ECA Solar, and would include 412 racks to hold 9,878 solar panels on the 50-acre property. The array would deliver its potential 3.4 megawatts of power via a neighboring PPL substation to the grid. No blasting is currently planned for the project, SEEDS reports, and ECA Solar plans on minimal disruption to the area, which includes clearing about 32 acres of wooded area.

The Wallenpaupack Area School District will make a decision on the project after the consultant presents its findings. If Wallenpaupack does move forward, according to SEEDS, they have the potential to move toward 100 percent green electricity to power their heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems already using geothermal sources.

The district’s next meeting took place after press time, on January 10.

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