CPV Maple Hill Solar puts former mine land to further productive use
Silver Spring, MD, December 18, 2023 – Competitive Power Ventures’ (CPV) affiliate CPV Renewable Power, today announced that CPV Maple Hill Solar, a 100-MWac solar power generation facility in Portage Township, PA, has completed construction and successfully entered operations. The solar farm, located on the site of a former coal mine, consists of over 235,000 panels and was constructed by Gemma Power Systems as part of CPV’s growing portfolio of utility scale renewable projects in operation, construction and development.
“Completion of the CPV Maple Hill Solar project is a tremendous milestone for our company as we continue our efforts to help lead the energy transition by bringing new low or zero carbon resources online,” said Sean Finnerty, Executive Vice President of Renewable Power for CPV. “We are thankful to have had the support of the Township of Portage and Cambria County throughout the development and construction process and look forward to continuing to be a part of this community for many years to come as we deliver clean energy to the region.”
“We are very pleased to see the CPV Maple Hill Solar complete construction and enter operations,” said Ben Selapack, representing the Township Supervisors. “Portage Township is proud to have worked with CPV to repurpose former coal and timber stripped land to create what is now the largest solar facility in the state.”
The CPV Maple Hill Solar facility, which utilizes bi-facial solar panels and single-axis tracking to maximize energy production, is expected to generate ~185,000 MWh of zero emissions electricity annually. The facility will help avoid nearly 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year by displacing generation from older, nonrenewable facilities, equivalent to removing approximately 20,000 cars from the road.
“We appreciate the trust CPV have placed in Gemma to build this state-of-the-art solar facility,” said Charles Collins, CEO of Gemma Power Systems. “I am proud of the unwavering commitment to excellence the men and women who built this project adhered to throughout construction. This achievement demonstrates our commitment to quality and safety of our workers and the surrounding community.”
CPV Maple Hill Solar, one of CPV’s three utility-scale solar projects in construction in 2023, is the first to enter operation and joins five operating wind projects in the company’s renewable portfolio alongside nearly 4 GW of additional renewable projects in development.
CPV Group LP, a partnership majority owned by OPC Energy Ltd., has over two decades of unprecedented success in the development and operation of highly efficient and low emitting electric generation and renewable projects in the United States. CPV is focused on applying its development, financial and project management expertise to advance the next generation of technologies, including an extensive renewable pipeline, and dispatchable power projects that will utilize carbon capture technology, to yield extremely low carbon power that will help drive the nation’s decarbonization goals forward.
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OPC Energy is the first private electricity company in Israel. The Company was incorporated in 2010 and is active in the field of power generation and supply, including development, construction, and operation of power plants, as well as power generation and supply to private customers and to Israel Electricity Corporation (IEC). The Company generates about 5% of the electricity consumption in Israel.
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Director, External & Regulatory Affairs
Competitive Power Ventures