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Delaware Tech Hosts Press Conference to Celebrate Wilmington’s Solar Success

WILMINGTON - On April 11, 2014, Delaware Tech hosted a press conference at its Wilmington Campus solar panel parking lot with representatives from Environment America, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Wilmington Mayor’s office.

The press conference was held to announce Wilmington’s ranking as one of the nation’s “Solar Stars” – a top city in the U.S. for solar energy. In the report, Shining Cities – at the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution, released by Environment America Research & Policy Center, Wilmington is ranked 3rd among cities nationwide for solar capacity per capita and 7th among cities for cumulative solar installations in 2013.

Delaware Tech is a leader in the area of energy sustainability. In 2010, the College developed a Sustainable Energy Management Plan to reduce its energy use by 20% by the year 2020 and reduce its carbon footprint by 20%. In December, Delaware Tech became host to Delaware’s largest combined use of rooftop, carport and ground mount arrays with an 800 kilowatt solar installation statewide.

“I am extremely proud that the State of Delaware and Delaware Tech are at the forefront of solar energy and building a sustainable future,” said College President, Dr. Orlando J. George, Jr. “We are committed, not only to being environmentally-responsible through the use of solar power, but also to educate the workforce in this critical area. The College will continue to be a regional center of excellence in energy education and to support Governor Markell's goal to create energy-related jobs for Delawareans.”

Delaware Tech has constructed energy education facilities in each county. The College also offers associate degree programs in renewable energy solar, energy management, and building automation systems.

Photo: Executive Vice President Mark Brainard talks about Delaware Tech’s solar energy commitment.