Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC), a electric utility serving 84,000 member-owners in Kent and Sussex County, Delaware, has started to construct a 4MW solar farm on an 8 hectare site located in the west of Georgetown, Delaware.
Scheduled to complete and go online in May 2013, the PV facility will be equipped with 16,000 PV modules manufactured by Motech Americas in its facility in Newark, Delaware. The modules are expected to produce enough energy to power 500 homes.
The project has created 40 temporary jobs for Delaware solar contractors and will cost approximately US$14 million. DEC will own the solar facility and energy produced by the panels will flow directly to its member’s homes. The project is not expected to have an immediate impact on the rates its members pay for power.
The company has also revealed plans to expand the solar farm to 16 hectares with a capacity of 7MW.
The project will help DEC to comply with state mandates, which require utilities to invest in renewable energy projects.