A community meeting scheduled for next week will discuss the possibility of developing a solar farm at Swisshelm Park.
The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), City of Pittsburgh and City Councilor Corey O’Connor will host the meeting to share information about the potential installation of a sustainable solar farm at Frick Park.
“This is an innovative project that will help create sustainable energy options for the neighborhood and the city,” said Mayor Bill Peduto. “We look forward to working with the community on the development and thank URA and City Councilor O’Connor for their partnership. “
The development is presented as a project that would improve air quality and public health by providing non-polluting energy, while providing electricity to customers at a lower cost. City officials have also said it could keep the lights on during blackouts by diversifying the energy sources that feed the local power grid.
“I think it’s a big project,” O’Connor said. “I’ve always wanted to build a solar farm in the neighborhood.
The project would involve expanding the borders of Frick Park to include the solar farm, he said. The solar farm would use the site that was previously to be Summerset Phase III, which would require additional funding of around $ 18 million, O’Connor said.
“It seems right that now is the time to make that change in this project,” he said.
O’Connor, who lives a few houses from the proposed solar park, said he had spoken to neighbors who seem to share his enthusiasm for the project. The specific details will be finalized at a later stage, he said.
“This is something unique, and it is the first solar farm in the city of Pittsburgh that I have been to,” said O’Connor. “The neighbors would appreciate something like that, I think.”
The community meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28. It will be held virtually via Zoom and Facebook Live. Residents who wish to participate in the meeting can register online.