In line with Duquesne Light Company’s (DLC) commitment to sustainability and clean energy, solar panels and a solar tree were recently installed at the company’s Woods Run campus in Pittsburgh’s North Side. The 57.6 kWs of carbon-free electricity will help power 20 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to accommodate DLC’s growing electric fleet and employees who drive EVs. The project resumed earlier this summer after being delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We restarted the project in June and we’re pleased that it’s officially completed,” said Kevin Walker, chief operating officer, DLC. “We’re currently waiting on permits and some final inspections before we commission the solar array and start producing energy.”
The panels cover approximately 3,140 square feet and are located on a curved, metal rooftop. The solar tree, which is 24.5 feet tall and DLC’s branded orange color, is located in the parking lot above the EV chargers on campus.
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The roof-mounted panels will provide approximately 65,082 kWh per year while the solar tree will produce about 4,304 kWh per year, resulting in expected annual cost savings of nearly $8,000.
“We’re on the precipice of a new future in the utility industry and this is one step of many,” said Katie Davis, vice president of external affairs, DLC. “We’re looking at how we can support our communities with clean energy options such as solar, as well as continuously analyzing what we can do differently within the organization.”
One important step for DLC is advocating for the PA Local Solar bill, which works to increase the amount of solar power generated in Pennsylvania. This bill addresses the wants and needs of customers who wish to have more clean energy options, but don’t have the means to install their own solar arrays.
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With the successful completion of its first solar panel installation, DLC can now see firsthand what customers would experience if they installed a similar array at their homes or businesses.
“Installing solar panels on our property allows us to walk the talk,” added Davis. “We’re really showcasing our leadership by testing out new technologies that aid in reducing our carbon footprint — something we hope our communities can do as well.”
DLC hopes to implement similar projects in the future to continue its mission of building a more sustainable business and community.
“We’re always thinking about how we can leverage innovative technologies across our service territory,” explained Walker. “We look forward to future initiatives that will continue to highlight our commitment to sustainability.”