Showing posts with label community energy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label community energy. Show all posts

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.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Solar Energy for Eastern Shore By End of Year

The Accomack County Board of Supervisors met Wednesday night for their first meeting of 2010. Many important issues were discussed by the Supervisors.

The meeting began with a brief overview of Community Energy, the company interested in renewable energy in Accomack County. Bill Finch began to address the Board expressing the companys desire to build a five megawatt power plant on the Eastern Shore. According to Finch, this will be able to power roughly 1,000 homes. Community Energy has leased a 100 acre parcel in Accomack County but only about 35 acres of it will be used for the solar panels.

Finch pointed out that unlike other community projects require large infrastructure to be built, roads, bridges, etc. However, this project will not require any additional infrastructure spending, a point which was likely well received by the Board given the state tax revenue shortfalls.

The land Community Energy is interested in as of now is located near the overpass in Onley, although the exact parcel was not identified. The Eastern Shore is ideal for solar energy projects because of the relatively low cloud cover, excellent sunshine, the ocean and the bay provides great solar insulation will provide a 3-4% higher energy yield than other places. There are currently 29 states in the region that require the energy producers to create at least a portion of renewable energy. Finch promised that when the five year lease is up Community Energy will leave the land in better condition than it was before.

If all goes as planned, the project could be powering Eastern Shore homes by the end of this year.