Constellation kicks off construction of solar project at Maryland college

Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corp. (NYSE: EXC), and the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) announced May 5 the start of construction of a 5.1-MW (dc) solar project in Baltimore County, Md.

The solar power system, spread among the college’s three main campuses in Dundalk, Essex and Catonsville, is expected to generate enough electricity to meet approximately 27% of the college’s electricity needs. Constellation will also install 10 duplex electric vehicle charging stations as part of the project. Constellation will own and operate the CCBC solar power systems. CCBC will purchase the electricity from Constellation under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

“This solar power system supports our mission of promoting sustainable initiatives on campus and educating and engaging students in environmentally sound practices,” said CCBC President Sandra L. Kurtinitis. “An important added benefit is the ability to better manage our energy costs.”

The project expands Constellation’s role as the No. 1 solar energy producer in Maryland. To date, the company has completed 28.5 MW of solar projects in the state and expects to have an additional 30 MW operational by the end of 2015.

“Constellation continues to be committed to advancing renewable energy initiatives in Maryland, and we are pleased to help CCBC achieve its sustainability objectives through solar power,” said Gary Fromer, senior vice president of Distributed Energy for Constellation. “This zero-emissions system will allow the college to demonstrate the viability of clean energy resources and provide charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles to students, faculty and our local community.”

The solar power system is composed of approximately 16,500 photovoltaic panels located on carports across the campuses and will cover more than 1,400 parking spaces. The system is expected to generate approximately 6.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.

Constellation currently owns and operates more than 200 MW of solar installations that have been completed or are under construction for commercial and government customers throughout the United States. These solar projects, combined with other forms of clean, on-site power supply such as biomass and co-generation, mean that Constellation has a total of 300 MW of distributed generation completed or under development for customers.

Constellation is a leading competitive retail supplier of power, natural gas and energy products and services for homes and businesses across the continental United States. Constellation’s family of retail businesses serves more than 2.5 million residential, public sector and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100. Baltimore-based Constellation is a subsidiary of Exelon.

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