Del-Co Water, a prominent central Ohio water utility, is taking a significant step forward in incorporating solar energy into its operations.
“Solar is a significant component to Del-Co Water’s strategic initiative on environmental sustainability,” said Glenn Marzluf, CEO of Del-Co Water. “Floating solar enabled us to move forward with a substantial solar installation without encumbering any of our valuable ground which may be needed for future expansion. We were also pleased with the possibility of reduced growth of algae related to sunlight reduction.”
This project will incorporate not just floating solar, but includes both rooftop and carport installations to maximize energy output. The floating installation will use the Hydrelio system from Ciel & Terre. Ciel & Terre’s floating systems are deployed globally, with 1.5 GW of power already operational or in development.
Upon completion, this project will offset nearly 50% of Del-Co Water’s electricity consumption at its water plant. D3Energy partnered with Gardner Capital, a solar investor with more than 100 MW under ownership, to own and operate the system, providing the power to Del-Co Water.
Construction is slated to commence next month as materials arrive on site, with full grid connection expected in late spring 2024.
“Del-Co Water’s partnership with us for Ohio’s first floating solar array showcases their commitment to sustainability,” said Stetson Tchividjian, director of D3Energy. “We’re excited to collaborate on this pioneering initiative and introduce this cutting-edge technology to Ohio.”
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