Delaware's governor Jack Markell joined the developers of what is said to be the US state's largest solar farm in a ceremony to dedicate the 15MW plant earlier this week.
Located in Milford, Delaware, the solar facility has been jointly developed by PSEG Solar Source, Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC), juwi solar and Sunolar Power.
The $50 million project is built on 80 acres in Kent County and uses approximately 62,000 crystalline-silicon solar panels.
The produced solar electricity could power about 9,000 homes offsetting approximately 12,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year which is equal to remove about 2,300 cars from the road.
The generated electricity will be purchased by DEMEC under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
Randall Mehrberg, PSEG Energy Holdings’ president and executive vice president, strategy and development said: “The Milford Solar Farm helps point the way forward toward a sustainable future for all. This isn’t just any facility, but one that is important to an emerging green economy. Projects like this testify to the strong partnerships that have made solar energy a growing part of America’s energy mix, to the benefit of our nation’s energy security, economy and the environment.”