Maryland adds major new solar installation

Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 02:09 PM
posted by rene5432

Maryland utility company Constellation Energy announced on Thursday, September 29 that it has begun construction on the largest solar power system in the state.

The new photovoltaic system comprises more than 220,000 thin-film solar panels from Arizona-based First Solar. All told, the solar installation is expected to produce around 16.1 megawatts of renewable electricity.

The solar plant comes as part of the state's Generating Clean Horizons initiative and the state has agreed to purchase all of the electricity produced by the solar installation at a fixed rate for 20 years.

"Our state's growing 'green' sector is vital to our ability to create jobs and compete in the new economy," Governor Martin O'Malley said in statement. "I'd like to thank Constellation Energy for their commitment to helping us move toward our renewable energy goals."

The solar power system will be located near Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, near the Pennsylvania border. The Baltimore Sun reports that the university played a crucial role in the creation of the solar plant, as the state's university system agreed to take part in the power purchase agreement, giving Constellation a major energy consumer as a client.

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