Delaware dignitaries including U.S. Senator Tom Carper, U.S. Senator Chris Coons, Delaware Secretary of Natural Resources and Energy Collin O’Mara, and Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee gathered in Bridgeville Delaware this morning to tour one of the largest commercially-owned solar power systems in the eastern United States.

The array of 6,720 solar panels, which will supply electricity to a nearby Perdue feed mill, is the first phase of an 11,000-panel system that is being installed at two Perdue facilities.  Owned by Washington Gas and Energy Services (WGES) and installed by Standard Solar of Rockville, Maryland, the two systems are expected to generate a combined average of 3,700 megawatt hours of electricity each year, the amount of power used by 340 typical U.S. homes.

At peak production, the panels will produce as much as 90 percent of the electrical demand for each Perdue facility, reducing Perdue’s carbon footprint by 3,000 tons per year.  Perdue will purchase electricity generated by the solar panels at guaranteed prices for life of the 15-year contract.