Constellation, a retail energy supplier, and the Baltimore Ravens today announced an agreement to construct a 375-kilowatt solar generation project at the team’s headquarters and training facility in Owings Mills, Md.
Constellation will own and operate the solar power system, while the Ravens will purchase the electricity generated by the solar panels from Constellation under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
The solar power system will be located at the Under Armour Performance Center, the team’s 200,000-square-foot training facility that houses a full-size indoor practice field, player support functions, a TV studio, and executive offices. The new system will consist of approximately 1,210 photovoltaic panels on the facility’s field house and grounds keeping buildings.
The system is expected to generate approximately 460,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, which is approximately 15 percent of the team headquarters’ electricity needs. Generating the same amount of electricity using nonrenewable sources would result in the release of approximately 317 tons of carbon dioxide.
The project is the latest in a long series of environmental initiatives by the Ravens. They were the first NFL team to earn a LEED-certified Gold designation by the U.S. Green Building Council for their sustainability efforts at M&T Bank Stadium. The team previously worked with Constellation to match the electricity used during “Green Games” through the purchase of Green-e Energy* certified wind renewable energy certificates.
Constellation currently owns and operates more than 200 megawatts 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 megawatts of distributed generation completed or under development for customers.