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Delaware Electric Cooperative's (DEC) Bruce A. Henry Solar Energy Farm near Georgetown has become fully operational. A portion of the 20-acre solar array began producing power in July.

The 4 MW project has 16,000 solar panels manufactured by Motech Americas, based in Newark, Del. The project was managed by SunEdison.

"Once plans to build the solar farm were finalized, we decided to use products made in Delaware," says DEC President and CEO Bill Andrew. "Aside from the obvious environmental benefits, this project has provided a boost to the state's economy."

The project, named after longtime DEC board member Bruce A. Henry, cost $14 million, and co-op officials say the facility could eventually be expanded to 40 acres.

The utility notes the new solar facility will help the company meet Delaware’s 25% by 2025 renewable portfolio standard; currently, about 10% percent of the DEC’s energy comes from green sources.




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