Swift Current Energy announced the award of a 20-year power contract for its Mineral Basin Solar project by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). This accomplishment is a pivotal component of New York State’s most substantial investment in renewable energy to date.
Mineral Basin Solar project, is a 402 MWac solar venture sited on reclaimed coal mine sites in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. The project will create more than 450 direct jobs during construction.
Swift Current Energy’s head honcho, Eric Lammers, sees their Mineral Basin Solar project as a major shift for Pennsylvania’s old coal areas. It’s part of the new energy movement. Basically, Lammers is saying this work is a perfect example of how you can take old mine spots and turn them around to fit the country’s changing energy needs.
Mineral Basin Solar construction start
Construction is slated to commence as early as the summer of 2024, with an operational target set for the second half of 2026. Located on reclaimed coal mine sites in Clearfield County, Mineral Basin Solar is set to become Pennsylvania’s largest solar facility and one of the United States’ most significant solar projects on reclaimed mine land. Swift Current Energy is committed to retaining long-term ownership and operation of the solar plant once it becomes operational.
Swift Current joins forces with Clearfield County Career and Technology Center and Clearly Ahead Development to develop training for renewable energy workers. Also, Mineral Basin Solar is actively engaging communities linked with the Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board in Western New York. The plan tied to Mineral Basin Solar aims to boost opportunities for our rural areas.
U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) lauds the transformative potential of the Mineral Basin Solar project, stating, “This project is an important Step in demonstrating that Clearfield County and our rural corporations will help moderate the way to our Nation’s economic future.”
Swift Current Energy aims to do more than just work on the Mineral Basin Solar project. They’re planning to create over 1,000 MW of solar and storage capacity on old coal mines throughout Pennsylvania. Their success is visible since 2016, Swift Current Energy was able to bring more than 2.5 gigawatts of renewable energy projects to market.