DSU gets grant for renewable energy studies

DOVER — Delaware’s quest for increased renewable energy use received a huge jolt of support on Monday morning.

A $720,000 grant from Exelon and Delmarva Power established Delaware State University’s Renewable Energy Education Center to train a new workforce.

Those prospective employees will be needed to supply more electricity generated by the wind, sun and water.

By 2025, the state of Delaware aims to generate 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.

“This support from Excelon and Delmarva Power enables DSU to further diversify its research portfolio and enhance the work already being done by our faculty scientists and student in the energy field of study,” DSU President Harry L. Williams said.

“The establishment of a Renewable Energy Education Center here on campus not only expands the University’s academic responsibilities, but also makes DSU an energy education resource and therefore a greater asset to the state of Delaware and beyond.”

Celebrating the opening of the Renewable Energy Education Center at Delaware State University on Monday morning are, from left, Mike Karia of the state Public Service Commission, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, Dover Mayor Robin R. Christiansen, Delmarva Power Regional President Gary Stockbridge, DSU Associate Provost Saundra DeLauder and Dr. Eric Cheeks, associate vice president of the DSU Office of Continuing Education and Summer Programs. (Submitted photo/DSU)

Exelon committed to make four $180,000 grant installments annually resulting from its merger with Pepco Holdings (including Delmarva Power) in March 2016.

DSU students will have opportunity to earn certificates and credentialing services in renewable energy through the program.

Speaking at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, Delmarva Power Regional President Gary Stockbridge focused on the pathways and “understanding where opportunities come and then working with institutions” to bolster them in the future. These days you have to be very nimble and bring an idea to the classroom quickly.”

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., touted the opportunity to create and sustain jobs as renewable energy interests expand.

He said he believes striving for cleaner air and water renewable energy, along with wind, will create more jobs and will make Delaware “a happier place.”

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