This week, the state granted $1 million to build a solar-power field over top of the Paoli rail yard, which is now apart of an EPA Superfund site (hazardous waste site). The panels will cover three acres at the west end of the rail yard and the energy they generate will feed into a substation in the yard that provides electricity for SEPTA's Paoli-Thorndale line and Amtrak. The panels will supply 2 percent of the energy used each day by both Amtrak and SEPTA.
According to this Philadelphia Inquirer article published on Tuesday, the panels are apart of a $50 million plan to construct a Paoli train station and parking garage some blocks west of the existing facility.
Construction on the solar-power field is set to begin this fall and will hopefully be finished by the end of the calendar year. State Representative Paul J. Drucker (D., Chester) said Monday that the construction will be funded by the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.