Federal funds are on their way to Dover for economic development, which will help bring hundreds of jobs to the state capital.

$5 million of funding has been set aside to construct a substation that will power the Garrison Oak Business and Technology Park as well as supply backup power to the city.

It will increase electrical sustainability and reliability while helping with the continuous growth of the Garrison Oak Business and Technology Park, which could result in the creation of over 300 jobs.


US Senator Chris Coons said: “At the end of the day 300 families in the city of Dover may end up with their family member working in a high-skilled, high-wage, reliable job.”

“We are in a fierce competition for the jobs of the future. Delaware long relied on high-quality manufacturing jobs in the past. If we want to attract them again we’ve got a highway, we’ve got roads, we’ve got sewer, we’ve got a great workforce. Power was what was needed.”

The project is expected to boost Delaware’s regional competitiveness, and funding was secured through the March appropriations bill.

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Paul Waddell, Director of Dover Electric, outlines how much electricity the project will provide.

He said: “When this substation is complete hopefully in 2023, we’ll be able to provide upwards of 100 megawatts of power capacity to the park, and provide redundancy to the existing residential and commercial customers in the area.”

The aim is to complete the substation in 2023 according to city officials.

Source: Delaware Public

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