Baltimore, September 29, 2011 — Constellation Energy's retail energy business affiliate has started construction on a 16.1 MW DC grid-connected photovoltaic solar installation in Emmitsburg, Md.
Renewable electricity produced by the system will be purchased by the state of Maryland's Department of General Services and the University System of Maryland under 20-year solar power purchase agreements.
Constellation Energy employs about 75 people to construct the solar installation, and expects that workforce to reach a peak of 150 people during the height of construction. The system is scheduled for operation in early 2012 and is expected to produce more than 22 million kilowatt hours of emissions-free electricity per year.
The ground-mounted installation will be comprised of about 220,000 advanced thin film PV panels from First Solar situated on 100 acres of land leased from Mount St. Mary's University. In addition to the 16.1 MW system, Constellation Energy is developing a 1.3 MW solar power system on the site that will supply power directly to the university.
In addition to PV technology, First Solar is providing engineering, procurement and construction services for the project.