Standard Solar Inc. received the Project of the Year Award for its solar project for Delaware Technical Community College during Solar Focus 2017.

This annual east coast solar industry conference is hosted by the Maryland-DC-Delaware-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association, affiliate of the national Solar Energy Industries Association. The awards recognize local solar professionals and organizations that are advancing the state of the industry through innovation, advocacy and leadership.

Completed through a partnership with Urban Grid, Standard Solar was recognized for its work with Delaware Tech for a two-phased solar project that combined statewide systems in a 2.1-megawatt solar system.

The combined project is expected to generate more than 2,960,000 kilowatt-hours per year. This amount of power is equivalent to offsetting the carbon dioxide emissions from 2,219,789 pounds of coal burned or 220 homes’ energy use for each year. Completed in June, the final phase featured a 449 kWh carport and a 296 kWh rooftop array on the Terry Campus in Dover and two rooftop arrays totaling 585 kWh on the Owens Campus in Georgetown.

Urban Grid financed the projects through a long-term Power Purchase Agreement with Delaware Tech. While this installation will offset Delaware Tech’s energy requirements and provide a hedge against potentially volatile energy prices into the future, it will also contribute to Delaware’s renewable energy portfolio standard. With these projects, the college is exhibiting its dedication to furthering renewable energy and energy management education while reducing its own carbon footprint.