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Windmills in Shade Township are shown in this undated file photo.

HARRISBURG – Nearly 80 new energy projects received approval in 22 counties across the state through the Commonwealth Finance Authority, Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Friday.

The list of projects includes these in the Cambria-Somerset region:

• Highland North Wind Project, Cambria County, $6 million.

• Patton Wind Farm Project, Cambria County, $3.2 million.

• Big Savage, Twin Ridges Wind Farm Somerset, $12.65 million.

• CNG Motor Fuels of Somerset County, new CNG station, $827,349.

• Zoological Society of Pittsburgh, biomass burner, $267,000.

According to the governor’s office, the projects will help to expand solar energy implementation and promote development throughout Pennsylvania.

“Pennsylvania’s diverse energy portfolio is one of our strongest assets, and expanding the use of solar energy across the commonwealth builds on that strength,” Wolf said. “These projects approved today represent our forward-thinking approach to powering our state, and will provide numerous benefits to the businesses, schools and community centers receiving the funding while also benefiting our environment and promoting renewable energy in Pennsylvania.”

Authorized by the Alternative Energy Investment Act of 2008, the Solar Energy Program provides financial assistance in the form of grants and loans that are used by eligible applicants to promote the generation and use of solar energy and the manufacture or assembly of solar equipment in the commonwealth.

Bedford 58 Solar LLC was awarded $900,698 in grants, while Bedford 57 Solar LLC will receive $870,481 for the Todd Reservoir Treatment Facility in Bedford Borough.

Funding for the water treatment facility will be used to help build solar panels, which could potentially reduce energy costs for the county’s residents, according to the governor’s office.

The approved projects include the installation of rooftop- or ground-mounted solar photovoltaic power generation facilities that will generate significant amounts of electricity.

In some cases, the projects will allow facilities to draw 100 percent of their power from the new solar systems, according to a statement released by the governor’s office on Friday.

The total funding for all of the approved projects is slightly less than $30 million.

Last year, the Wolf administration expanded SEP to offer both loans and grants as oppose to only loans. 

For a complete list of the approved SEP projects, visit www.dced.pa.gov.

Ronald Fisher is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter @FisherSince_82.

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