Dayton, Ohio, December 17, 2009 – The Dayton Power and Light Company plans to build a 1.1 MW solar power array near its Yankee substation in Washington Township, Montgomery County, Ohio.
Construction of the solar energy project will begin this month and is expected to be on line in March of 2010.
When completed, the facility will consist of 9,000 solar panels constructed over 7 acres, and will generate enough renewable energy to power nearly 150 homes. The project is expected to cost about $5 million.
A visitor center to educate the public about solar power is planned as part of the installation. A solar array consists of many, interconnected solar cells, which in turn convert solar energy from the sun into electrical current.
DP&L’s Yankee solar facility will be constructed in partnership with a number of regional companies led by Ameridian Specialty Services of Cincinnati.
Ameridian’s team includes Miller Valentine Commercial Construction of Dayton, Square D/Schneider Electric of West Chester, ESI Electric of Dayton, and Inovateus Solar of South Bend, Indiana.
The Dayton Power and Light Company is the principal subsidiary of DPL Inc., a regional energy company.
DPL, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates about 3,700 MW of generation capacity, of which 2,800 MW are low cost coal-fired units and 900 MW are natural gas and diesel peaking units.