Constellation, business unit of Exelon Corp. (NYSE: EXC), on August 29 announced the completion of a 16.1 MW, grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) solar installation in Emmitsburg, Md., as part of the state of Maryland’s Generating Clean Horizons initiative.
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.
The ground-mounted solar power plant was constructed by First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR), using approximately 220,000 of its advanced thin film PV panels situated on 100 acres of land leased by Constellation from Mount St. Mary’s University. In addition to the 16.1 MW system, Constellation developed a 1.6 MW solar power system on the site that will supply power directly to the university.
In February 2009, the Maryland Energy Administration, in partnership with the University System of Maryland and the Department of General Services, approved the award of four renewable energy projects under the Generating Clean Horizons program.
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