Swift Current Energy (SCE) is developing a historic utility-scale solar project in Goshen and Girard Townships, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. SCE is evaluating the options to install approximately 400 megawatts (MW) of solar along with battery storage in the area, reflecting a potential to power 72,000 households annually. The Mineral Basin Solar Project is sited on reclaimed mine land and will be among the first utility-scale solar projects built on reclaimed mine lands in the United States.
Clearfield County, Pennsylvania has powered the industrial development of the American economy since the late 1800’s, when Cornelius Vanderbilt’s Beech Creek Railroad was constructed to enable marketing of extracted minerals and timber. Formerly a central hub of the state’s surface coal mining activities, Clearfield County’s reclaimed mining sites present an unparalleled opportunity to repurpose the land for solar development, harvesting another one of the area’s abundant natural resources to power America.
The Mineral Basin Solar Project not only demonstrates a commitment to bring renewable energy to Clearfield County, it also represents a belief that the people who helped drive the economy of the past deserve a place in the modern, sustainable economy of the future.
SCE is considering off-site battery energy storage as a potential option for the Mineral Basin Solar Project. The potential storage component will use lithium-ion battery cells, which is the same type of battery found in everyday consumer electronics and medical devices.
Energy storage is a means to store and release energy within the electrical power grid. The batteries store energy during the day when there is an abundance of electricity being generated, and then discharge the stored energy when the need is greatest.
Relatively small battery cells are arranged into modules, which are then arranged into racks. These racks are housed in either purpose-built containers or buildings and are connected to the grid. This allows the energy storage system to charge and discharge stored energy, as needed.
Battery manufacturers perform extensive testing before deployment, and energy storage systems are required to be designed to high safety standards. These systems are designed with multiple layers of risk monitoring and mitigation in place. In addition, the site will be remotely monitored 24/7 by trained personnel to ensure no abnormalities occur on the system. Internal fire suppression and ventilation systems are designed as backstop protection should any abnormality occur. Moreover, the remote-control center has the ability to emergency stop the system in addition to the on-site safety design measures.
Founded in 2016, SCE has commercialized more than 1.1 gigawatts (GW) of utility-scale renewable energy projects. With a pipeline of more than 9 GW of wind, solar, and energy storage projects under development, we are focused on bringing low-cost clean energy and meaningful economic development to communities across the United States.
Stakeholder involvement and consultation are an ongoing part of the project permitting process. SCE strives to provide information to stakeholders, understand stakeholder interests, work with stakeholders to obtain and implement feedback, and encourage stakeholder participation in the permitting process.
Stakeholders will have access to electronic documents below, and hard copies will be available at one of the following locations: