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New Solar Farm Breaks Ground In Greenwood

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GREENWOOD, Del. - A local power company has started a new project involving clean energy. Delaware Electric Cooperative has broken ground for its new 20-acre solar energy farm. Officials say that the farm will provide clean, reliable energy to the member-owned electric cooperative in both Kent and Sussex County.

The solar farm, located on East Trap Pond Road, west of Georgetown, is expected to be finished in May of this year. The project, which has created 40 temporary jobs for Delaware, will have 16,000 solar panels which can produce 4 megawatts of power; that's enough for 500 homes!

All the panels were manufactured in Delaware. Bill Andrew, President and CEO of Delaware Electric Cooperative, said "the solar panels were manufactured by Motech Americas in Newark, Delaware. We are excited to build a solar energy farm that will reduce carbon emissions and provide members with a sustainable source of power for years to come. The fact that the Cooperative has been able to provide a boost to the state's economy makes this project even more exciting."

The solar farm is expected to cost $14 million and is not expected to have an immediate impact on member's rates. DEC will own the solar facility and energy produced by the panels will flow directly to member's homes.

DEC is hoping to eventually expand the farm to 40 acres, producing 7 megawatts of power. This project also goes along with state mandates that say utilities need to invest in renewable energy projects.

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