Volume 15, Issue 55 | March 12, 2018

WGL Energy and Susquehanna University Partner to Develop 14-Acre Solar Array in Pennsylvania

3.9 MW Facility Will Supply 30 Percent of University's Electricity Needs


Susquehanna University recently announced it has entered into an agreement with WGL Energy Systems (WGL Energy), a WGL company, to develop a 3.9 MW DC ground-mounted solar array that will supply 30 percent of the university's electricity needs.

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Artist’s rendering depicts a 14-acre solar array being developed by WGL Energy and Susquehanna University that will supply 30 percent of the university’s electricity and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2018. It is WGL Energy’s first solar project in Pennsylvania, the largest university-sponsored solar array in Pennsylvania and one of the largest solar projects in the Commonwealth. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Construction is well underway and solar arrays are being installed on the 12,000-panel, 14-acre project, located at the Center for Environmental Education and Research (CEER) along the western border of campus on Sassafras Street. It is the largest university-sponsored solar array in Pennsylvania.

The facility is expected to be completed by the summer of 2018. Project partners include SGC Power for design and construction management services and Edwin L. Heim Company, which is providing electrical services. The university hosted a site tour for students, faculty and media on Thursday, March 8, 2018, which resulted in local media coverage.

"WGL Energy is proud of our presence throughout Pennsylvania and to extend our offering of diverse and innovative energy solutions - it's exciting to partner with the university and develop our first solar project in Pennsylvania," said Sanjiv Mahan, president, WGL Energy Systems. "We look forward to expanding our business to provide more energy answers in the Commonwealth."

"Susquehanna University is proud to support the development of one of the largest solar projects in Pennsylvania," said Jonathan D. Green, president, Susquehanna University. "This is a major step forward in the university's commitment to implementing earth-friendly initiatives that are at the heart of responsible living in our interdependent world."

The solar array is estimated to produce more than 5,300 megawatt hours (MWh) per year of electricity, enough to power all of the campus' residence halls and avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking approximately 787 cars off the road each year.

Susquehanna will purchase that electricity from WGL Energy. WGL Energy Systems, which has more than 250 MW of distributed generation projects installed or under contract across 21 states and the District of Columbia, will own and operate the facility under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA).


About WGL Energy
WGL Energy delivers a full spectrum of energy offerings, including electricity, natural gas, renewable energy, carbon reduction, distributed generation and energy efficiency solutions provided by WGL Energy Services, Inc. and WGL Energy Systems, Inc. To learn more, visit us at http://www.wglenergy.com. Follow us at @wglenergy on Twitter and WGL Energy on LinkedIn.

The regional sales office of WGL Energy Services and WGL Energy Systems (WGL Energy) is located in downtown Pittsburgh, 707 Grant Street, Suite 3630. For more information, contact (412) 918-1474.
About WGL
WGL (NYSE: WGL), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a leading source for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. With activities and assets across the U.S., WGL consists of Washington Gas, WGL Energy, WGL Midstream and Hampshire Gas. WGL provides natural gas, electricity, green power and energy services, including generation, storage, transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. Our calling as a company is to make energy surprisingly easy for our employees, our community and all our customers. Whether you are a homeowner or renter, small business or multinational corporation, state and local or federal agency, WGL is here to provide Energy Answers. Ask Us. For more information, visit us at http://www.wgl.com.

About Susquehanna University
Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a residential, national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 34 states and 22 countries, and 96 percent of the most recent graduating class was employed or pursuing an advanced degree within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit http://www.susqu.edu.

Editor's Note

Prices Rise As Storage and Temperatures Drop

Weekly review for March 4 - 10, 2018


On Thursday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that working gas in storage as of Friday, March 2, 2018, was 1,625 BCF. This was a decrease of 57 BCF from the previous week and was in line with market expectations. This was the smallest withdrawal from storage since the last week of November. Despite that, inventories are now 680 BCF, or 30%, lower than last year at this time and 300 BCF, or 16%, below the 5-year average.

On Thursday, March 1, the first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) was exported from Dominion’s Cove Point terminal on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. This makes Cove Point the second operational LNG export facility in the United States. This facility will likely have a more significant impact on natural gas prices in our region than Sabine Pass, since Cove Point connects with a large number of interstate pipelines serving the Mid-Atlantic region.

After a very mild February (24% warmer than the 30-year average at Washington Reagan National Airport), we are off to a cold start to March. Although it is early in the month, based on current weather forecasts, we are on track to be 8% colder than the 30-year average at Washington Reagan National Airport. This would mean that the average temperature in March would be colder than the average temperature experienced in February. 

As the market looks at low storage levels and strong late-season heating demand, prices moved up this week. The PJM West Hub 12-month forward curve rose 0.5% this week, while the NYMEX natural gas 12-month strip was up 2.2%. Stay tuned as we finish up the winter heating season.


This past week's market information is provided as a courtesy to our customers and is not indicative of, nor should be relied upon, as representative of future transactions.

Upcoming Events

Improve Your Return on Investment with Energy Efficiency

Visit Booth 30 at the MMHA Industry Development Day and Expo for your energy efficiency solutions


Come see us at the Maryland Multi-Housing Association (MMHA) Industry Development Day & Expo in Baltimore this Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Stop by our booth to learn which energy efficiency improvements can provide you with the best return on investment (ROI). We can finance retrofits and upgrades or help you implement an energy efficiency program for your business. WGL Energy Services, Inc. (WGL Energy) has the answers to your energy questions.

This event is being held on Thursday, March 15 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Baltimore, Maryland.

About MMHA
The Maryland Multi-Housing Association (MMHA) is a professional non-profit trade association established in 1996. MMHA's membership consists of owners and managers of over 169,000 rental housing homes in more than 600 apartment communities that house almost 200,000 families in the state of Maryland. Their membership also includes more than 200 associate members that supply goods and services to the rental housing industry.

The Maryland Multi-Housing Association (MMHA) serves the multi-housing industry and its communities by promoting and maintaining the highest professional standards of excellence. They provide education, information, legislative and advocacy services, enabling its members to operate successfully while contributing to the community around them. Visit their website to learn more.


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