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Largest Solar Farm In Milford Expected to Save Homeowners Cash

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MILFORD, Del.- Electric bills in Milford could soon be getting cheaper. The city of Milford is now home to the largest solar farm in Delaware.

Gov. Jack Markell, and others who made the clean energy facility possible, held a dedication for the project on Wednesday along Milford-Harrington Highway.

"This plant will survive for decades. It's clean. It's not impacting the planet. It doesn't require any natural resources," said Diana Drysdale, President of PSEG Solar Source.

PSEG Solar Source owned the solar farm in Milford.

The 80-acre solar farm uses about 62,000 crystalline-silicon solar panels to generate enough solar energy to power about 9,000 homes when the sun is shining.

According to PSEG, its pollution-free energy displaces approximately 12,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. That is the equivalent of removing about 2,300 cars from the road.

"We've lowered the pollution and we've increased the reliability of electric service within our communities," said Patrick McCullar, President and CEO of Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation.

"It's a pollution free source of electricity to increase the reliability of electric service to our customers without raising their costs," said McCullar.

DEMEC will purchase the electricity generated by the solar farm for the next 20 years. Power will be exported to the city of Milford's electrical system.

People who live in Milford say they're excited about the new solar farm.

"I look forward to all the money it's going to save us. I'm thrilled to death about it," said Ben Gottfried of Milford.

Some neighbors say they do not think the new solar field will save them much money on their electric bills.

Ian Mulholland of Milford has already installed solar panels on his home to become greener.

"We probably save about $200 to $300 every month," said Mulholland.

"If I could put solar panels on my house I would do it, I think it's (the solar farm) the greatest thing," said Gottfried.

The solar farm is something, leaders say, will help boost Delaware into the future.

"Everything we can do to help is great for the environment plus it also helps us financially," said Mulholland.

The $50 million solar farm project has helped create about 100 jobs.

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