Earlier this week, Delaware Gov. John Carney and Delaware Technical Community College President Mark Brainard, along with state and local officials, celebrated the completion of Delaware Tech’s statewide solar energy project at the college’s Charles L. Terry campus in Dover. The recently completed solar carport array near the campus entrance from Scarborough Road is the last of nine solar installations built across all four Delaware Tech campus locations. The statewide project includes carports, ground mounts and rooftop arrays.
“This partnership with Standard Solar and Urban Grid, combined with our other energy-saving initiatives, has helped us exceed our goal of a 20 percent reduction in the college’s carbon footprint by 2020 three years ahead of schedule,” said Dr. Mark T. Brainard, president of Delaware Tech. “These arrays provide both economic and educational benefits for the college and our students.”
The solar arrays are expected to offset approximately 12% of the annual total energy needs for Delaware Tech. According to the college, the project statewide is one of the largest solar systems in Delaware and was funded as part of a 20-year power purchase agreement with Standard Solar.
“Delaware Tech sets an example for other institutions to follow,” said Gov. Carney. “They are not only educating and training the future leaders in energy management and solar energy. They are providing inspiration to their students and the community by making these kinds of investments, which are both environmentally and fiscally responsible.”
Phase 1 of the project, which was completed in December 2013, included a solar carport and rooftop array at the Wilmington campus, rooftop arrays at the Stanton and Dover campuses, and ground-mounted panels at the Georgetown campus. Phase 2, which was just completed, included rooftop arrays at the Georgetown and Dover campuses and the solar carport array at the Dover campus.
According to Delaware Tech, the completion of the statewide solar project demonstrates the college’s commitment to green energy and complements its energy management education and training programs statewide. The combination of the solar arrays, the work being done by campus energy task forces, the construction of approximately $7 million in energy conservation measures, and participation in the state aggregate power purchasing program has resulted in a 25% reduction in the college’s carbon footprint.
Photo L to R: Delaware Tech Vice President for Finance Jerry McNesby, Delaware Gov. John Carney, Delaware Tech President Mark Brainard, Delaware Tech Vice President and Campus Director June Turansky, and State Rep. Dave Wilson.