In early 2018, the Wayne County Commissioners applied for PA Department Community and Economic Development grant for a Solar Energy Project on the roof of the Stourbridge Project, which is housed in the former 1928 school building at the Park Street Complex. With the help of SEEDS and the Clean Energy Co-op, a plan was drawn up for a system that would cost the county about 83 cents per watt based on the grant. The funding comes from the federal government through the Commonwealth Finance Agency. The benefits of the system are expected to last 25 years or more and save the county $3,000 a year. The project, which is expect to generate more power than the Stourbridge Project can use, is currently on hold awaiting the availability of additional funds for the statewide grant program. At this time the project is not viable without the grant funding.
Jack Barnett of the Clean Energy Co-op worked with the Commissioners and the county engineer on the design for the project. The Co-op has also partnered with the Wayne County Habitat for Humanity on a solar PV project, and this one at The Cooperage Project in Honesdale.