The final phase features a 449 kilowatt (kW) carport and a 296 kW rooftop array on the Terry Campus in Dover and two rooftop arrays totaling 585 kW on the Owens Campus in Georgetown. Phase One of the system included 806 kW on four campuses and began producing energy in 2013.
The combined project is one of the largest solar systems in Delaware and is expected to generate more than 2,960,000 kilowatt hours per year. This amount of power is equivalent to offsetting the CO2 emissions from 2,219,789 pounds of coal burned or 220 homes’ energy use for each year.
“It’s been a pleasure to partner with both Standard Solar and Urban Grid during the past four years as part of the College’s Sustainability Energy Management Plan to reduce our carbon footprint 20% by the year 2020,” said College President, Dr. Mark T. Brainard. “This project, combined with the implementation of over $6 million in Energy Conservation measures throughout the College and the good work of the Campus Energy Task Forces will result in exceeding our goal three years early.”
The arrays are expected to offset approximately 12% of the annual total energy needs of four of the College’s campuses.
Delaware Tech’s focus on advancing energy management studies includes energy labs in all three counties and associate degrees in renewable energy, solar, energy management and building automation systems.
Urban Grid financed the projects through a long-term Power Purchase Agreement with Delaware Tech. While this installation will offset Delaware Tech’s energy requirements and provide a hedge against potentially volatile energy prices into the future, it will also contribute to Delaware’s renewable energy portfolio standard. With these projects, the college is exhibiting its dedication to furthering renewable energy and energy management education while reducing their own carbon footprint.