Delaware solar farm expands, will power nearly 1,000 homes
GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — The expansion of a solar farm in Delaware will allow an electric cooperative to power 400 more homes, bringing the total to nearly 1,000 homes.
The expansion of the Bruce A. Henry Solar Farm in Sussex County is a project of the Delaware Electric Cooperative, which owns the farm, and Constellation, a company that’s part of Exelon, a Chicago-based energy company. Constellation built the expansion, adding more than 10,000 solar panels over the past several months, Delaware State News reported.
Seventeen acres of new solar panels began producing clean, renewable energy for cooperative members in early January. 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.
The solar farm became operational in 2013 and consisted of 23 acres of solar panels.
The expanded farm is expected to prevent the release of 3,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. That’s the equivalent emissions avoided from switching more than 135,000 incandescent lamps to LEDs or removing more than 750 cars from the road in one year, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates.
The expansion won’t affect member rates, said Delaware Electric Cooperative spokesman Jeremy Tucker.
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 600 sites throughout the U.S.