Delaware Electric nearly doubles size of Sussex solar farm

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Delaware Electric Cooperative and Constellation have completed work to nearly double the size of the Co-op’s Bruce A. Henry Solar Farm in Sussex County. Seventeen acres of new solar panels began producing clean, renewable energy for DEC members in early January.

Constellation, an Exelon company, built the 4.2 megawatt addition to the cooperative’s Sussex County solar farm. More than 10,000 solar panels were installed over the past several months. The expanded portion of the solar farm is expected to produce enough energy to power 400 cooperative homes. The co-op has agreed to purchase the energy produced as well as the renewable energy credits at the site for a stable, competitive price over the next 25 years.

“We partnered with Constellation because they have a proven track record of building state-of-the-art solar generating stations across the country. The addition to our solar farm will produce clean energy for cooperative members for decades to come. We are committed to providing our members with affordable power while also reducing our carbon footprint,” cooperative CEO Bill Andrew stated.

The Bruce A. Henry Solar Farm became operational in 2013 and consisted of 23 acres of solar panels near Georgetown.

The combined 40 acres of solar panels are now producing enough energy to power nearly 1,000 homes.

By offsetting traditional fossil fuel electric generation, the expanded solar array is expected to prevent the release of 3,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. That’s the equivalent of removing more than 750 cars from the road in one year, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates.

Delaware Electric Cooperative expects to continue to expand its portfolio of renewable energy, with additional solar projects possible in 2020.

Delaware Electric Cooperative is a member-owned electric utility powering more than 100,000 homes, farms and businesses in Kent and Sussex Counties.

Constellation’s solar portfolio includes more than 425 megawatts of generation in operation or under construction across more than 600 sites throughout the U.S.

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