Delaware Solar, LLC is a proposed 20 MWac / 30 MWdc solar farm located in Southampton County, NC. The project sits on approximately 260 acres on the north of Southampton Pkwy, south of Camp Pkwy and east of Delaware Road.
We will be investing roughly $28 million in the project, providing a significant tax base for Southampton County.
Solar energy plays an important role in maintaining security of electricity supply and combating climate change for current and future generations.
Solar energy provides many benefits to the community including:
- Increased local tax revenue for Southampton County
- Improved energy security and supply
- Reduces our dependence on fossil fuels
- Zero emissions energy
- Creation of economic opportunities
Our approach to producing solar energy is to employ the same sustainable principles as other stewards and farmers of the land before us. Only in our case we look to harness the light of the sun to create clean energy alongside food. We will do this with locally produced, low cost and clean power generation.
This is an aerial view of the site:
Who we are
We are a globally trusted Development, Engineering, Procurement and Construction company. We’re proud of our proven track record of developing, designing, building and maintaining utility scale solar installations.
We have a strong focus on developing quality solar assets in harmony with our stakeholders; the community we develop in, our investors, the electric utilities and the local authorities. Everything we do is managed in-house, ranging from:
- Full solar farm project rights, from early stage development partnerships through to construction and full operation
- Local, regional and national permitting & approvals
- Complete utility grid applications & interconnection agreements
- Solar Farm Construction
- Credible Power Purchase Agreements (PPA’s), that are bankable and easy to transact
- Tax Equity partnerships
To learn more about our company you can visit www.psrenewables.com
We are working closely with the Southampton County in the permitting process. Here there are some of the communications we sent them:
- 5/06/2020: “Solar power still offers a silver bullet to economic growth”
- 5/22/2020: “New solar projects will bring money to the County”
- 7/13/2020: “Two thirds of Americans think goverment should do more on climate”
- 8/25/2020: “Solar Grids Built on NJ Farmland Get Senate Backing”
- 9/24/2020: “Ordinances and laws move towards a clean electricity supply”
- 10/06/2020: “About the importance of reduce CO2 emissions”
- 10/28/2020: “2000% more tax revenue”
- 12/02/2020: “Comments to proposed amendments of Solar Ordinance Southampon”
Going forward, we will uphold our community inclusive philosophy to ensure we not only meet but exceed the standards and expectations of Southampton County. We welcome interested parties to contact us, and look forward to bringing clean and renewable energy to your community!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. When are you going to build it?
We cannot say for sure yet. The likely construction dates are in the second half of 2021.
2. How much extra traffic will the solar farm generate?
During construction (which is anticipated to take between 20 and 25 weeks) we anticipate approximately 3 semi’s per day on average.
Once constructed the solar farm will require minimal attention. We anticipate one pick-up truck per week on average.
3. How much noise does a solar farm make?
During construction, some construction noise is inevitable. We will limit noisy construction activity to normal working hours.
Once constructed the solar farm will emit virtually no noise. The equipment on site typically emits a maximum noise level below 50 decibel at 10 yards (the same as a typical conversation)
4. What are the setbacks for your solar installation?
The setbacks measured from the security fence are:
- 100’ from public right-of-ways
- 50′ from property lines
5. Can I see it from my house?
No. We try to site our projects so that they do not disturb existing vistas and do not infringe on your peace and quiet. With the set backs, there should be no visibility of the solar farm, unless you go out looking for it. (it’s a pretty cool thing to see!)
The maximum height of the solar panels will be less than 10 ft so visibility is limited.
6. Do I get cheaper energy because of the solar farm?
Ultimately yes. Solar Energy is so attractive because the raw material (the light from the sun) is free. This helps make solar energy one of the lowest cost energy sources. The energy that this solar farm will produce is sold directly to the electrical utility to add to their total energy mix before they add their costs and sell it on to you.
7. Why build one here?
It is in a sunny location and the electricity grid has the capacity to distribute the power generated. Solar farms are being built around the United States as part of the drive to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
8. Have you done this before?
Yes, we have been developing solar farms since 2013.
9. Are solar panels safe?
The solar farm in general is also safe with various fuses and switches to protect the farm, the electricity network and the environment from any short circuits or sparks.
10. What about bio diversity?
11. How long will it take to construct the project, from beginning to end?
We estimate the project will take 9 months to construct.
12. How big will these panels be?
One panel is approximately 6’6 x 3’3 (2m x 1m).
13. Are they going to do a drainage study outside of the wetlands?
Yes, we do engineering studies on stormwater and the effects of construction on drainage patterns. NC Department of Environmental Quality reviews the studies and confirms their findings before issuing permits. The ground cover on solar farms is still pervious with approximately 98% of the site covered in native grasses. Most municipalities have a threshold for traditional development of 12-24% impervious surface before studies are required.
14. Does your construction cause pollution to the ground and water table?
No, the equipment that is installed in a solar farm is rigorously tested, and after 40 years will only introduce trace residue of zinc and steel, much less than the National Standard. In any case, the land will be safe for that entire period, vastly improving biodiversity and reducing pollution from those sources. On balance a solar farm is a very benign installation.
15. Will there be a visual barrier in place on the project?
Yes, there will be landscaping and fencing that will obscure the solar farm from public view. The landscaping is currently being designed in accordance with County regulations.
16. How long will the project be active?
We expect the project to be active for 35 to 40 years.
17. What happens at the end of the period?
After the life span of a solar farm, it will be decommissioned. We will safely remove the modules and all project materials, and restore the site to its previous condition.
For more information, see the Fact Sheet “Decommissioning” below.
This is a collection of 11 information sheets, where we have used scientific reports, journals and facts. For further reading we recommend the Science and Facts section at the end of each publication.
If you require any further information, feel free to contact us.
Tim Barker is our Project Manager and you can find him: