Apex Clean Energy of Charlottesville, Virginia, is developing Swiftwater Solar, an 80 MW facility that is expected to generate enough energy to power over 14,000 homes per year. Situated in Monroe, adjacent to existing transmission lines on remote private land, the location is highly suitable for a solar energy project.

A Clean Economic Opportunity for Monroe County

Swiftwater Solar offers a new source of economic development with long-term local tax revenue for schools and government services. The power from Swiftwater Solar will be delivered into the local electrical grid, helping diversify Pennsylvania’s energy portfolio.

Solar power is one of the most cost-effective sources of electricity available today, and its ability to generate power at peak times helps reduce electricity costs for all consumers.

In addition to creating direct and indirect jobs during construction and operations, Swiftwater Solar will create opportunities for companies seeking to open new locations in areas with access to renewable power to expand into Monroe County.

Local Economic Benefits

• Enough power for over 14,000 U.S. homes (80 MW)

• Over 30 years of annual revenue, averaging about $195,000 per year, split between Monroe County, Pocono Township, and the Pocono Mountain School District

• A total economic impact in Monroe County in 2021 of about $30,500,000

• Twenty percent of the Project’s expenditures ($22,173,000) will occur within
Monroe County

• Will bring part-time and full-time jobs to the community during construction and operations phases, including about 254 full-time jobs during construction

• Existing high-voltage power lines limit the need for new infrastructure

• Low panel height limits visibility to neighbors and nearby roads