Dover, Delaware Plans 10-MW Solar Project

The city of Dover, Delaware and Delmarva Power are finalizing agreements that would lead to the construction of a 10-megawatt (MW), solar power plant on the city’s Garrison Oak Technology Park, to be named Dover SUN Park. Dover’s Utility Committee plans to review one of the foundational contracts, a solar energy purchase agreement, at its regularly scheduled committee meeting this week and will subsequently make a recommendation to City Council.

The Dover SUN Park would be the first, utility-scale, solar power plant in the region and would be owned by White Oak Solar Energy LLC, an affiliate of LS Power. According to the companies, the project would create about 150 local jobs during construction. In addition to Delmarva Power, the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC) and the state’s Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) are also considering participation in the project.

“The Dover SUN Park, when finalized and combined with our four wind energy projects, will go a long way toward ensuring Delmarva Power meets the state of Delaware’s clean energy goals, which is for 20 percent of our power supply to come from renewable sources by 2019,” said Delmarva Power president Gary Stockbridge said.

The proposed Dover SUN Park resulted from a request for proposals initiated by the city in March 2008 seeking power-generating sources that were reliable, cost competitive and environmentally prudent. Following nine months of careful analysis, in December Dover selected LS Power as its partner in planning and constructing the 90-acre solar PV project, the largest planned for the region to date.



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