The Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L) will soon build a 1.1 Megawatt solar array near its Yankee substation in Washington Township, Montgomery County, Ohio. The company announced that it plans to begin with the project this month and shall be fully functional in March next year. The solar facility will be built in partnership with a number of regional companies led by Ameridian Specialty Services of Cincinnati. The companies that will team up are Miller Valentine Commercial Construction of Dayton, Square D/Schneider Electric of West Chester, ESI Electric of Dayton, and Inovateus Solar of South Bend, Indiana.
DP&L’s Yankee solar facility that will be constructed over 7 acres will incorporate 9,000 solar panels and will produce enough electricity to power nearly 150 homes. The $5 million project will also have a visitor center to educate the public about solar power. The company has been committed to preserve the environment and has already planned to transform turf areas at some of the company’s substations to prairie grass. This year it prepared nearly 70 acres throughout the Miami Valley for prairie planting.