December 7, 2022 – On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at a public hearing, the Kent County, DE Levy Court Commissioners unanimously approved the development of Chaberton Energy’s Project Blackburn.
The project is located near the town of Magnolia, DE, and enjoys support from the local community and town officials. “We welcome the Blackburn project in our community”, said Mayor Jim Frazier, who spoke in favor of the project at one of the public hearings, “and we look forward to the benefits the project brings, including lower electricity bills for our community, and an improved environmental profile”.
The Levy Court Commissioners were complimentary of the way Chaberton Energy interacted with the local community. During the months preceding the hearing, Chaberton Energy met with many neighbors directly, and then held two community meetings, on June 1st and September 27th, during which company representatives listened to suggestions and thoughts from the community and incorporated them in the final project design.
The approved solar farm will cover just over 8 acres of land and will be built using Erthos technology. This technology differs from traditional fixed-tilt and single-axis-tracker systems in that solar panels are placed tightly at ground level, thus limiting any visual impact to surrounding residents, and maximizing land use. The project will have a nameplate capacity of approximately 3 MW and be part of the Delaware community solar program.
The project is expected to begin construction in 2024, once detailed site plans are finalized and an interconnection agreement is signed with the local utility. Upon completion, the project is expected to provide community solar subscription opportunities to approximately 1,000 residents and small businesses in the Delmarva Power utility territory.
About Chaberton Energy
Chaberton Energy develops renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure projects. Chaberton Energy primarily develops distributed solar generation assets in the mid-Atlantic and in the Western U.S., from origination to ready-to-operate, with a focus on community solar projects which drive benefits directly to consumers. Chaberton Energy is funded by Greenbacker Development Fund, is based in Maryland and has over 500 MW of active community solar and distributed generation projects in development.
For more information, please visit www.chaberton.com.
Angelica Johnson || Chaberton Energy, Business Operations Manager