Delaware Electric Co-op plans solar park in Sussex

The $14 million solar park will be built on 40 acres near Georgetown.

The Delaware Electric Cooperative will break ground this spring on the four megawatt solar park, with construction expected to be completed by early next year.  Once online, the panels will provide enough energy to power about 500 homes.  In the first year of operation, it is expected to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by more than 12 million pounds.

“We are dedicated to providing the highest value to our members while building the park at the lowest possible cost,” says DEC president and CEO Bill Andrew.  “The park will feed power directly to the Co-op’s electric distribution system.”

The solar park will be built with panels from Motech in Newark.  “We are pleased that DEC is supporting the renewable energy economy right here in Delaware by providing its members locally produced, renewable energy from a source that has been producing solar modules right here in Delaware for the last 20 years,” says Motech Americas vice president Derick Botha.  

The project is expected to create about 40 temporary jobs.  The Co-op serves 84,000 member-owners in Kent and Sussex Counties.

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