Community Networks LLC, the wireless telecommunications company in Southpointe, has announced a proposal to begin building the first solar power generating plant in Western Pennsylvania, according to TribLive.
The company reportedly plans to generate 3MW of power a year, which is enough to produce electricity for around 450 homes.
Community Networks plans to purchase 15,000 solar panels produced by Solar Power Industries Inc., of Rostraver. The solar panel manufacturer was last week awarded $7.5 million in state financing, a $6.5 million loan and a $937,000 grant, to build a solar power module production facility that would be large enough to create about 500,000 solar panels a year that could generate 100MW of electricity.
That production would occur in part of the Sony Corp. plant Solar Power occupies in East Huntingdon, Westmoreland County.
Further announcements on the plans are expected in August 2009.