By Terry Rogers
On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Delaware Governor Jack Markell attended the dedication of the new solar farm in Milford. The solar filed is the largest clean energy facility in the state, and is owned by PSEG Solar Source.
“This is a beautiful area and we are very pleased to have this plant located in Milford,” said Diana Drysdale, President of PSEG. “When we look for places to build projects, one of the most significant things we seek is support from the community. The City of Milford has been extremely supportive in helping us get this project off the ground, and we know we have chosen the right community. City Manager Richard Carmean echoed Ms. Drysdale’s sentiments
“This is a big day for Milford,” Mr. Carmean said. “This has been a real exercise in cooperation as things changed several times. December 31, 2012 loomed on us, but we got there. Rick Carmean and his electric crews worked tirelessly to meet deadlines to help us create a sustainable energy source that requires very little maintenance.”
Randy Merbick, President of PSEG Holdings said that the Milford plant can power every home in the city and more, as the plant has the capability of providing power to more than 9,000 homes. He also praised the City for embracing the project and helping PSEG complete it on time.
“We feel at home here,” Mr. Merbick said. “We have a great partnership with the state, and Governor Markell has been extremely supportive in our efforts to create this project.”
Governor Markell said that great things were happening in Milford, with the growing arts community, the improvements to the Riverwalk area and the economic growth the city is seeing.
“I am not surprised that Milford has been great partners in this project,” Governor Markell said. “This project represents what we do best in Delaware – we work together, we check our egos at the door so that these projects come together on time and under budget.”
Collin O’Mara, the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said that Milford is an example of the commitment in the state to actively facilitate energy initiatives, and sees that the city’s commitment to making green power part of the energy mix just a small sample of the “great stuff going on in Milford.”
“Our state can become a model for the country,” Secretary O’Mara said. “Our state went from having one of the dirtiest energy ratings to one of the cleanest in just four years.” Secretary O’Mara credited not only Governor Markell, who has made green energy initiatives a priority for the state, but the citizens and leadership in Milford for bringing such an ambitious project to fruition.
The solar farm has a capacity of 15 megawatts created from 61,896 ground-mounted solar panels on 80 acres, and is located on Route 14, just outside of the city. The energy is carbon and pollution-free, displacing approximately 12,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. This is the equivalent of removing 2,300 cars from the roads. Construction began in September 2012, and the plant was energized in December 2012. Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC) will purchase energy and capacity from the project through a 20-year power purchase agreement.