A new solar power system being installed at the Sussex Conservation District site in Georgetown will cover about half-an-acre of ground.
168 solar panels are being installed with the capability of generating 58,057 KHW annually. This is expected to reduce or possibly eliminate the eletric bill for the Sussex Conservation District’s office building and equipment yard, while reducing emissions that would have been required for normal power generation. “For decades, Delaware’s Conservation Districts have pioneered environmentally-sustainable practices,” Delaware Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Collin O’Mara said. “With the construction of this 39-kilowatt solar system, the Sussex Conservation District will continue this tradition of leadership while creating construction jobs and saving money for years to come.” The solar system, including fence, will cost $187,000. The District obtained $40,866 in federal grant funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).