The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center will soon have a new source of power thanks to a nearly $650,000 federal grant.
County leaders broke ground on the solar power field next to the operations center near Georgetown. The field of 400 solar panels will generate 413-kilowatt hours of electricity every day, which is expected to offset about half of the building’s annual energy useage.
“This is an investment in the short term for our local economy with a local contractor installing the solar panels,” said Sussex County Administrator David Baker. “That’s a win for our economy, for our environment and for the citizens of Sussex County.”
Over the next 25 years, county officials expect to save as much as $1.2 million using solar power.