Del-Co Water partners on Ohio's first floating solar array

Oct. 27, 2023
Upon full grid connection around spring 2024, this floating solar project will offset nearly 50% of Del-Co Water’s electricity consumption at its water plant.

D3Energy, a floating solar developer, announced a partnership with a water to launch Ohio's first floating solar project.

Del-Co Water, a prominent central Ohio water utility, is taking a significant step forward in incorporating solar energy into its operations. Collaborating with Rich Stokey of MSI Utilities helped pave the way for this groundbreaking project.

"Solar is a significant component to Del-Co Water's strategic initiative on environmental sustainability," said Glenn Marzluf, CEO of Del-Co Water. "Floating solar enabled us to move forward with a substantial solar installation without encumbering any of our valuable ground which may be needed for future expansion. We were also pleased with the possibility of reduced growth of algae related to sunlight reduction," added Glenn.

In addition to floating solar, the project contains a multifaceted approach, combining both rooftop and carport installations to maximize energy output. The floating installation will utilize the Hydrelio® floating system from Ciel & Terre. Ciel & Terre's floating systems are deployed all over the world, with 1.5GW of power already operational or in development.

Upon completion, this project will offset nearly 50% of Del-Co Water's electricity consumption at their water plant, resulting in substantial cost savings. D3Energy partnered with Gardner Capital, a prominent solar investor with over 100MWs under ownership, to own and operate the system, providing the power to Del-Co Water.

Construction is slated to commence next month as materials have begun to arrive on-site, with full grid connection expected in late spring 2024.

"Del-Co Water's partnership with us for Ohio's first floating solar array showcases their commitment to sustainability,” said Stetson Tchividjian, director of D3Energy. “We're excited to collaborate on this pioneering initiative and introduce this cutting-edge technology to Ohio."