Solar power to charge Dover’s electric buses with $2.5 million federal grant

Delaware’s public transportation is about to get a little greener. The Delaware Transit Corporation received a $2.5 million federal grant to install solar panels at a bus parking facility in Dover.

The project includes a canopy system, which will help protect the fleets during extreme weather year round. On top of that canopy, about 60,000 square feet of solar panels will provide power to the facility and the six electric buses there.

While the project has not been designed yet, it will provide up to 900 kilowatt hours of energy when it’s finished, said C.R. McLeod, director of community relations for the Delaware Department of Transportation.

This Federal Transit Administration grant will allow the DTC to generate its own clean power to reduce operating costs and help meet the state’s sustainability goals.