On Monday, June 15 United States Senator Tom Carper visited the Milford Solar Farm off Milford-Harrington Highway. The 80-acre solar field is the largest clean energy facility in the state, and is owned by PSEG Solar Source. A blistering hot, sunny day, officials stated that the solar farm was running at full capacity and has so far this year generated approximately 12,000 megawatt hours.
“There are things going on in this country that are moving us toward a clean energy future, like PSEG’s Milford Solar Farm,” said Sen. Carper. “Our dependence on fossil fuels has tremendous costs for American families and businesses. By pursuing clean and green energy, like solar, U.S. businesses and manufacturers can reduce energy costs, be more competitive, and create tens, possibly hundreds, of thousands of new jobs in the process.”
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.
“This solar farm will allow Milford to reduce the total amount of energy they use from the grid,” commented Patrick McCullar, President and CEO of the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation. “This will translate into savings for DEMEC in the future, which we intend to pass on to our consumers.” Municipalities that are supplied energy from DEMEC include Milford, Newark, New Castle, Middletown, Clayton, Smyrna, Dover, Lewes and Seaford.
On the adjourning parcel of land the City of Milford plans to build a new substation that will be connected to the solar field which is said to be constructed in 2013. This will allow the City to meet State of Delaware mandates for alternative energy usage and is expected to save the City overall costs.