A solar farm in Georgetown is being dramatically expanded.
The Delaware Electric Cooperativeâ€™s Bruce A. Henry Solar Farm currently houses 16,000 solar panels on a 23-acre site.
But Co-Op president and CEO Bill Andrew says earlier this year, the utility signed an agreement with retail energy provider Constellation – to nearly double its size, â€śWe had a shovel ready site and they (Constellation) had a very tight time frame they needed to work with. So it worked out great. We will be able to buy the power at a very competitive rate for a long period of time, at a very stable rate (over the next 25 years).â€ť
Andrew says Constellation is already at work building its 17-acre addition to the solar farm.
He notes the new solar panels are expected to provide enough energy to power more than 400 homes. And the combined 40-acres of panels at the site shouldÂ produce enough energy to power nearly 1,000 homes.Â
Andrew says work on the expansion should be done by the end of this year, â€śWeâ€™ve been notified that itâ€™ll be completed by the end of the year. So weâ€™re looking forward to it go online commercially sometime in early January. Itâ€™s going to produce enough energy to supply a little more than 400 homes with pure solar energy.â€ť
The solar farmÂ has been operating since 2013.