Constellation Energy has started to construct a 16.1MW solar installation in Emmitsburg, Maryland as part of the state’s Generating Clean Horizon’s initiative. The US$60 million facility will be financed, owned and operated by Constellation Energy with Maryland’s Department of General Services and the University System of Maryland purchasing the produced electricity under a 20-year PPA.
First Solar will supply nearly 220,000 thin-film PV panels for the project and will additionally serve as the engineering, procurement and construction provider. Expected to be operational in early 2012, the system is being built on 100-acres of land leased from Mount St. Mary’s University and will generate over 22 million kWh of solar electricity every year. Constellation Energy plans to install an added 1.3MW power system on the site that will directly serve the university with solar power.