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Community Energy Inc. Secures Approval for 70-Megawatt Solar Power Purchase Agreement with City of Philadelphia

The project will power 22 percent of city’s government infrastructure
by 2020 and will help the city meet sustainability goals

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Leading clean energy developer Community
Energy Inc.
today announced the approval of a 70-megawatt (MW) solar
Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in Adams County, Pennsylvania to power
government facilities in Philadelphia.

The solar farm, named Adams Solar LLC, will produce enough electricity
to operate 22 percent of Philadelphia government buildings by 2020. The
project is the largest in Pennsylvania by sevenfold, and a significant
step toward the City’s clean energy goal of sourcing 100 percent of its
electricity from renewables by 2030.

Adams Solar LLC will sell 100 percent of its power under a 20-year
contract to The Philadelphia Energy Authority, an independent city
agency. The project will generate 156,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy
in the first year of operation, eliminating more than 4 million tons of
carbon dioxide emissions over the life of the project.

“The Philadelphia solar commitment demonstrates impressive and
much-needed leadership on climate change in Pennsylvania,” said Brent
Alderfer, Community Energy CEO and co-founder. “As the costs of climate
change go up, Philadelphia is showing the way for municipalities to
secure reliable, long-term solar power to decarbonize and head off
irreversible climate damage.”

An Economic Opportunity Plan (EOP) will use best efforts to incorporate
minority, women and disabled-person owned businesses into the Adams
Solar LLC project. Job fairs for sub-contractors and the workforce will
be held in both Philadelphia and Adams County. Community Energy’s
efforts will connect to existing solar training opportunities, such as
recent Philadelphia Energy Authority initiatives.

This latest large-scale solar project by Community Energy reflects
shifting energy production and sourcing trends that extend well beyond
the state of Pennsylvania. According to a
report by GTM Research and Solar Energy Industries Association

(SEIA), constituents are calling on government officials to set
renewable energy goals that will bring reliable, climate-friendly energy
to their communities. As requests for clean power translate into
municipal sustainability goals, the industry is witnessing an
acceleration of utility-scale
project deployment
and that growth is expected to continue.

“This project not only helps Philadelphia demonstrate leadership on
climate action, but it also makes good economic sense and helps to boost
regional job growth in the renewable energy sector,” said Mayor Jim
Kenney. “We thank Councilwoman Reynolds Brown, the Philadelphia Energy
Authority, and Community Energy, Inc. for their partnership in creating
this win-win deal for Philadelphians.”

About Community Energy, Inc.

For more than twenty years, Community Energy, Inc. has partnered with
utilities, Fortune 500 companies and communities to develop more than a
gigawatt of reliable, high-quality solar and wind generation. Community
Energy is a clean-energy project developer that fosters long-term
relationships with customers and stakeholders to deliver low-risk,
customer-focused clean energy solutions. As an early pioneer in
commercializing renewable energy assets, Community Energy leverages
emerging technologies and resources to support decarbonization of our
energy systems and enable a fuel-free future. Headquartered in Radnor,
Pennsylvania and with offices in Boulder, Colorado and Chapel Hill North
Carolina, Community Energy has a strong presence in diverse geographical
markets. For more information about Community Energy please visit www.communityenergyinc.com.


Antenna Group on behalf of Community Energy
Regan Keller
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