PITTSBURGH (TNS) — The Pennsylvania Turnpike is jumping into solar energy production to power its maintenance and office buildings with a long-term goal: using solar-generated power to electrify portions of the toll road so electric vehicles can charge as they travel.

The agency is waiting for an occupancy permit to open a solar field at a maintenance facility and new regional trades headquarters along Turnpike Route 66 near Jeannette. That will be the first of a series of solar facilities planned across the state — including New Stanton and the Harrison City area of Penn Township — as the turnpike takes advantage of property it already owns to develop solar energy and sell any extra capacity it produces.

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