The Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation celebrated the completion of the Smyrna Solar Facility Tuesday in the Smyrna Business Park off of Wheatley's Pond Road.
The DEMEC project is a partnership with American Municipal Power, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, and the Town of Smyrna.
The Smyrna Solar Facility is designed to deliver 1.5 megawatts of electric energy to residents and businesses in Smyrna each year, enough to power 158 homes, on average.
DEMEC’s latest community solar project brings their total solar generation over 26 megawatts, taking DEMEC and its member communities to more than 50 percent of the solar generation in Delaware.
Local and state officials, business owners and industry professionals joined DEMEC and its members Tuesday to celebrate with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The facility sits on nearly 14 acres of town property, making use of a dry retention pond that could not otherwise be developed.
In a press release, DEMEC officials said they will continue to work with the corporation's member communities to seek opportunities to grow the presence of renewable energy in Delaware that benefits customers environmentally and economically.
Along with Smyrna, DEMEC’s members include Clayton, New Castle, Newark, Middletown, Dover, Milford, Seaford and Lewes.