Constellation to build solar project for Archdiocese of Baltimore

Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corp. (NYSE: EXC), and the Archdiocese of Baltimore on Dec. 10 announced the construction of a 5.4-MW (dc) aggregate solar generation project.

The solar system, located at Perryman Station in Harford County, Md., is expected to generate enough electricity to meet approximately 20% of the Archdiocese’s electricity needs.

“Pope Francis has invited the Church and all of us to take steps to responsibly care for our common home,” Archbishop William E. Lori said. “This new solar power system will allow us not only to better manage our energy costs and devote more funding to the many important programs and ministries we have in place to support our community, but also to educate our parishioners about sustainable initiatives.”

The project expands Constellation’s role as the No. 1 solar energy producer in Maryland. The company operates more than 35 MWs of solar projects in the state and expects to have an additional 25 MWs operational by the end of 2015.

The project required no upfront capital from the Archdiocese. Constellation will own and operate the system. The Archdiocese will purchase the electricity from Constellation under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

“Constellation is committed to supporting renewable energy in Maryland, and we are pleased to help the Archdiocese better manage their energy costs through supporting this solar power project,” said Mark Huston, president of Constellation Retail. “This system will allow them to devote more funding to important community programs and share the importance of clean energy resources with their parishioners.”

The system will be composed of approximately 17,700 photovoltaic panels and is expected to generate about 7.2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity in the first year. 

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 approximately 2 million residential, public sector and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100.

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