Proposed solar farm would power Dauphin County buildings

Written by Casey Houtz | Oct 14, 2009 8:40 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Dauphin County officials are trying to line up funding for a 4,500-panel solar farm. The project would be built on ten acres of land in Middle Paxton and West Hanover townships. Skip Memmi, executive director of the Dauphin County Industrial Development Authority, says it could end up reducing energy costs at county facilities by as much as 10 percent. "If we're not successful, especially with energy caps coming off, the cost of energy to do the work that government does provide is going to escalate," he says. "Therefore general fund costs are going to go up and the potential for tax increases could possibly occur." Memmi says the county hopes to partner with a private firm and use as much as $2 million in gambling revenue to fund the project. He adds ground could be broken later this year. If the facility comes to fruition, it could become the first county-backed solar farm in the commonwealth.

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