SEAFORD, Del. – Allen Harim presented five students with the first-ever Allen Harim Legacy Scholarship, which provides a $2,500 financial award for college. The Allen Harim Legacy Scholarship was created last month when the company announced they would be using savings from a newly installed solar project to create the program.
The 1.57 megawatt, multi-million dollar solar project features 4,992 solar panels in a six-acre field, and is projected to generate 2.3 million kWh of power each year, while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 1,616 metric tons every year.
“This is another exciting environmental project for our company here in Harbeson and we are grateful to all our partners for making it happen,” said Joe Moran, president and CEO of Allen Harim, during the company’s ribbon cutting on May 15. The energy produced by the solar panels will supply about 11 to 12 percent of the energy used at the Harbeson facility, he said.
Allen Harim will purchase 100 percent of the power produced from the solar panels under a 20-year power purchase agreement. The project was developed by Alternative Energy Development Group, Berwyn, Pennsylvainia, and is owned and operated by Onyx Renewable Partners.
During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Chris Fraga, founder and CEO of Alternative Energy Development Group, presented a check for $10,000 through the company’s Watts for Wishes charitable giving program to establish the Allen Harim Legacy Scholarship fund. Allen Harim will provide a $10,000 matching gift, and set up an endowed fund through the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.
The Allen Harim Legacy Scholarship will provide $2,500 scholarships for children of employees and growers to attend college or trade schools. The company plans to use the savings from the solar project to grow the endowed fund to provide up to five scholarships a year.
“We are pleased with this year’s award recipients, and look forward to creating a legacy that will pay dividends for the families of our employees and growers for generations to come,” said President and CEO Joe Moran. “One of our recipients will be the first family member to attend college and obtain a four-year degree. We look forward to helping make dreams come true.”
This year’s winners include: