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 system at the College’s Charles L. Terry Campus in Dover on June 27.
The completed solar carport array near the campus entrance from Scarborough Road is the last of nine projects to erect solar arrays at the four Delaware Tech campus locations. The statewide system includes carports, ground mounts and rooftop arrays.
The solar arrays are expected to offset about 12 percent of the annual total energy needs for Delaware Tech. The project statewide was funded as part of a 20-year power purchase agreement with Standard Solar.
Phase one 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 two, which was just completed, included rooftop arrays at the Georgetown and Dover campuses and the solar carport array at the Dover campus.
The completion of the solar array 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 about $7 million in energy conservation measures and participation in the state aggregate power purchasing program has resulted in a 25 percent reduction in the college’s carbon footprint.