Constellation and Governor O’Malley Dedicate 16.1–Megawatt Grid-Connected Solar Power System for State of Maryland

Constellation's 16.1 MW grid-connected solar project is one of the largest in Maryland. Electricity generated by the system is purchased by the state's Department of General Services and the University System of Maryland under 20-year solar power purchase agreements with Constellation. (Photo: Constellation)

BALTIMORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Constellation announced the completion of a 16.1-megawatt (DC) grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) solar installation in Emmitsburg, Md., as part of the state of Maryland’s Generating Clean Horizons initiative.

“The solar farm presents an exciting learning and teaching opportunity for our students and for the local community, and places the Mount at the forefront in championing responsible land use and promoting renewable energy resources.”

Constellation financed, owns and operates the approximately $50 million solar facility on behalf of its customer, the state of Maryland. Electricity generated by the system is purchased by the state’s Department of General Services and the University System of Maryland under 20-year solar power purchase agreements with Constellation.

“Solar energy means Maryland jobs. In just five years, we’ve put 530 times more solar on the grid, and we’ve put 2,000 men and women to work in solar sector jobs,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the solar installation, located at Mount St. Mary’s University. “With partners like Constellation, we will continue to make investments in innovative technologies that create jobs and allow us to strike a better and more sustainable future for our children.”

“Constellation is proud to bring one of the state’s largest solar installations online and support Maryland’s leadership in renewable energy,” said Kenneth W. Cornew, president and CEO of Constellation. “Projects like this are part of our commitment to provide customers clean, affordable energy choices.”

The grid-connected system is expected to produce more than 20 million kilowatt hours of emissions-free electricity per year. Generating the same amount of electricity using nonrenewable sources would result in the release of 17,981 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, according to U.S. EPA data.

The ground-mounted solar power plant was constructed by First Solar, using appr