Groundbreaking of New Pocomoke City Solar Electric Generation Plant
POCOMOKE CITY, Md.- Pocomoke City officials are planning to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the city's new solar-electric generation plant at Dunn Swamp Road.
The project has been a work in progress for several months. The groundbreaking is scheduled for June 25 at 5 p.m.
The solar array will rest on 10 acres and include more than 6,200 new solar panels that produce 2.1 mega watts of electricity per day. It is expected to reduce the city’s electric bills by 16 percent in a year.
Several non-profit organizations in the area will be joining the city’s network and can hope to see similar reductions to their electricity bills. Some of these include MARVA Theater, the Samartian Shelter and the Delmarva Discovery Center.
The city has a 20-year lease on the site and a separate power purchase agreement with Sun Edison, which will own the solar panels on city property.
Construction is scheduled to begin by late summer and be completed later in the year.
"The City Council, staff, and I are proud and excited to be involved in this important green energy project,” said Pocomoke City Mayor Bruce Morrison. “This new solar array will benefit our taxpayers due to lower electricity bills, and will benefit our environment through the use of a renewable energy source. We hope to be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of this major cost saving project and become a model for other local governments on the Delmarva Peninsula."
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