Of the 58.3 MW of installed or committed solar generation in Delaware, a majority (31.2 MW, or 53%) is installed in DEMEC member service territories. This becomes an even more striking statistic when you consider DEMEC municipal service territories make up less than 15% of electric service in the state.
DEMEC is committed to helping its members develop renewable energy systems in their communities, not only because it’s the environmentally friendly thing to do, but because it’s what they choose to do.
Member Solar Development
The Town of Clayton installed its first community solar system on the local Clayton Fire Department in the 2nd Quarter of 2015. The 4 kW system shows the commitment of the town to support critical infrastructure with renewable energy. Learn more about Clayton Fire Departement’s Solar Energy Production.
The City of Dover’s Dover SUN Park is a 10MW facility. It was the first utility-scale solar power plant in the region. It supplies enough power for over 1,700 homes and created about 150 local jobs during construction.
The Town of Middletown designated over $17,000 of its Green Energy funds for a solar power system at Bunker Hill Elementary School. In the 2010/2011 school year, Governor Jack Markell and Senator Chris Coons helped dedicate Delaware’s first renewable energy classroom.
The City of Milford’s Milford Solar Park is a 15 MW solar project on 80 acres of land. The $50 million project completed construction in the 4th quarter of 2012 and helped create approximately 100 jobs during construction.
The Municipal Services Commission of the City of New Castle built its first community solar project, a 29 kW solar array, to support the interest of its community to locate more renewable energy inside municipal borders. This installation was completed in the 3rd quarter of 2016.
The City of Newark invested over $600,000 in a 230kW solar generation facility on a former landfill site now called McKees Solar Park. This community-owned solar resource enables all community members to participate in solar. Project design and acquisition was managed by DEMEC. The City of Newark also offers a community solar program for customers to participate in a way that supports renewable energy without having to purchase solar panels on their own. See more information on Newark’s renewable program.
The City of Seaford has procured a State of Delaware low-interest loan to partially fund a 688kW solar electric facility as part of Seaford’s utility system expansion. DEMEC will participate in the funding of this project.
The Town of Smyrna built its first community solar project, a 1.5 MW solar generation facility, in the Smyrna Business Park. The project was completed during the summer of 2018 to benefit their customers by providing more renewable energy and saving transmission costs.