MILFORD, Del., April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Delaware Governor Jack Markell today joined with PSEG Solar Source, Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC), juwi solar, Inc. (JSI) and Sunolar Power (Sunolar) to dedicate the PSEG Milford Solar Farm. The 15-megawatt facility, located in Milford, Del., is the state's largest solar farm.
The 80-acre PSEG Milford Solar farm uses approximately 62,000 crystalline-silicon solar panels to generate enough solar energy to power approximately 9,000 homes when the sun is shining. Its pollution-free energy displaces approximately 12,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually – the equivalent of removing about 2,300 cars from the road.
"The Milford Solar Farm helps point the way forward toward a sustainable future for all," said Randall Mehrberg, president-PSEG Energy Holdings and executive vice president, strategy and development. "This isn't just any facility, but one that is important to an emerging green economy. Projects like this testify to the strong partnerships that have made solar energy a growing part of America's energy mix, to the benefit of our nation's energy security, economy and the environment.Gov. Markell called the solar farm a glimpse into Delaware's future. "The Milford Solar Farm is a great fit with Delaware's commitment to a future of clean, renewable energy sources," Gov. Markell said. "The project's far-reaching benefits began with the construction jobs it brought to the Milford area and will continue with many years of power production and economic benefits for the central part of our state." Collin O'Mara, Delaware's Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, said that the project reflects Delaware's growing national leadership in deploying a cleaner mix of energy sources. "Now more than ever, it is critical that we adopt cleaner, cheaper and more secure local electrical generation that increases our competitiveness, reduces air pollution, improves public health, and creates jobs," said Secretary O'Mara. "Through this important Milford project, DEMEC, PSEG, and JSI are helping to lead Delaware toward a clean energy future and demonstrating that we can have both a strong economy and a healthy environment." DEMEC will purchase the electricity generated by the solar farm through a 20-year power purchase agreement.