Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES) has signed a 15-year power-purchase agreement to provide electricity for the poultry farmers Perdue. Ground-mounted systems, equipped with a total of 11,000 solar panels, will be installed by Standard Solar at Perdue’s corporate offices in Salisbury and its feed mill in Bridgeville, Delaware. Construction is set to take place over the summer and be completed by September.
The systems will be owned and managed by WGES and generate about 3,700 mWh of electricity per annum. At peak production, the systems will account for 90% of each site’s electrical requirements.
“Stewardship is one of our company's core values, so this is a perfect fit for the way we do business,” said Steve Schwalb, Perdue's vice president of environmental sustainability. “Using solar power means we'll have a clean energy source that doesn't pollute or create greenhouse gases, while lowering Perdue's energy costs over the life of the project.”
When completed, Perdue’s arrays will be one of the largest commercially-owned solar power systems in the eastern U.S.; solar panels will cover a combined area of 15 acres at the two locations.