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Solar energy project planned on former seminary property in Girard

A commercial solar energy farm could be generating electricity in Girard Township next year.

A similar project is in the works in southern Erie County and northern Crawford County.

These are solar energy panels shown on New Mexico State University property in September. Two solar panel projects could be coming to Erie County in 2022.

Commercial solar projects convert sunlight to electricity for sale to power grids. In Girard Township, California-based Cypress Creek Renewables plans to install thousands of solar panels on about 120 acres of the former Divine Word Seminary/Mercyhurst University property along Route 20.

The panels will measure about 3 feet by 6 feet and will be mounted 12 feet above the ground. They will rotate to follow the sun and will generate about 20 megawatts of electricity annually, or enough to power about 3,000 homes, said David Weightman, senior project developer for Cypress Creek Renewables.

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