Monday, June 1, 2015
Pocomoke City's New Solar Electric Generating Plant
The Mayor and City Council of Pocomoke City held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new Solar electric generating plant on May 27.
The ceremony was held at the project site on Dunn Swamp Road, 1/4 mile south of the Pocomoke Beltway. City officials were joined by officials from Worcester County, and partners Standard Solar, LLC, and SunEdison, Inc. for the ceremony.
The new Solar array was built on approximately 10 acres of property owned by the City, and includes over 6,300 new solar panels producing 2.1 Mega Watts of electricity.
The electricity produced will be virtually credited to all of the City’s electric meters, and will result in a reduction of the City’s electric bills by approximately 16% ,or over $40,000/year. Several local non-profit groups have also joined the City’s new network and will realize similar reductions in their electric bills. These include the Delmarva Discovery Center, MARVA Theater, Samaritan Shelter, and the Worcester County Developmental Center in Newark, Maryland.
The City has entered into a 20 year lease for the site and a separate Power Purchase Agreement with SunEdison, which owns the new Solar Array on City property. Standard Solar Co. built the project and will be responsible for all future management and maintenance at the site.