Saving energy sparks Delaware group to become active again [video]

 (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

A group of energy leaders are coming back together to encourage Wilmington businesses to help the environment and save energy.

The Energy and Sustainability Leaders Roundtable, which formed in 2012 under former Mayor Jim Baker’s administration has re-grouped to celebrate Brightfields, Inc., major 176-solar panel project.  On Friday, Roundtable members joined Wilmington Councilman Darius Brown who not only praised Brightfields recent project but encouraged other area businesses to do the same and reduce the carbon footprint.

 “As you look at the 7th Street Peninsula, as you look at sustainability in the City of Wilmington much of it is in the #3rd Council District, Brighfields is one of those leaders, we also have Delaware Solid Waste that has also contributed to reducing the carbon footprint, ” said Brown.

Brightfields solar panel system is expected to replace 25 percent of the company’s current electric purchases as well as save about 137,000 pounds per year of carbon dioxide emissions.

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“Brightfields is excited to support alternative energy options, to increase reliance on clean energy, and to begin, almost immediately, a reduction in our electricity purchase costs,” said Brightfields Chief Financial Officer Don Short.

To date, Brightfields has established a recycling program, an on-site vegetable garden and many more projects under the direction of the Roundtable. 

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