A six-acre field of solar panels is now energized and providing power to Allen Harim’s poultry processing plant in Harbeson, officials announced May 15.
The company pledged to use some of the savings realized from the renewable energy project to create an endowed scholarship fund for the children of employees and growers to give them an opportunity to attend college.
The solar project features 4,992 solar panels and is projected to generate 2.3 million kilowatt-hour of power each year, while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 1,616 metric tons every year. The project was developed by Alternative Energy Development Group from Berwyn, Pennsylvania, and is owned and operated by Onyx Renewable Partners. Allen Harim has agreed to purchase 100 percent of the power produced from the project under a 20-year power purchase agreement, and the system is live and interconnected to the Delmarva Power grid.
At a ribbon cutting May 15, Chris Fraga, founder and CEO of Alternative Energy Development Group, presented a check for $10,000 through the company’s Watts for Wishes charitable giving program to establish the Allen Harim Legacy Scholarship fund. Allen Harim will provide a $10,000 matching gift and set up an endowed fund through the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.
The Allen Harim Legacy Scholarship will provide $2,500 scholarships for children of employees and growers to attend college or trade schools. The company is planning to use the savings from the solar project to grow the endowed fund to provide up to five scholarships a year. The deadline for application this year will be June 2.
Officials from APPI Energy, a commercial energy consulting group, also donated $1,500 toward the establishment of the fund.