Constellation Solar announced that its 16.1MW (DC) PV project in Emmitsburg, Maryland has been completed and connected to the grid. The project, part of Maryland’s Generating Clean Horizons initiative, is financed, owned and operated by Constellation. The US$50 million solar site will sell its electricity to the Department of General Services and the University System of Maryland under a 20-year PPA with Constellation.
Per year, the ground-mounted system is anticipated to generate over 20 million kWh of electricity. The project was constructed by First Solar and uses nearly 220,000 of its thin-film PV panels. It was built on 100 acres of land leased by Constellation from Mount St. Mary’s University, for which the company additionally built a 1.6MW solar system on site, which will supply power to the university.
“Solar energy means Maryland jobs. In just five years, we’ve put 530 times more solar on the grid, and we’ve put 2,000 men and women to work in solar sector jobs,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the solar installation. “With partners like Constellation, we will continue to make investments in innovative technologies that create jobs and allow us to strike a better and more sustainable future for our children.”