Constellation, United Renewable build Georgia solar power project
Solar installation at Owens Corning plant part of utility’s program to support renewable energy development
Constellation, a unit of Exelon Corp., and United Renewable Energy built a 1 MW (DC) solar generation project at Owens Corning’s manufacturing facility in Fairburn, Georgia.
The solar power installation is designed to supply about 1.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity during its first year of operation to Georgia Power and supports Owens Corning’s sustainability goals.
The project is part of Georgia Power’s strategy to encourage and cultivate renewable energy sources in Georgia under a program developed in coordination with and approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission.
“Constellation is pleased to work with Georgia Power and Owens Corning in our ongoing commitment to renewable energy and sustainable business operations,” said Gary Fromer, senior vice president of distributed energy at Constellation. “As a competitive energy company, we aim to provide customers a variety of options and distributed energy solutions that achieve their goals.”
Constellation financed, built, owns and maintains the solar power system. Georgia Power purchases electricity generated by the system and all the associated renewable energy certificates under a 30-year power purchase agreement with Constellation.
Through a separate agreement, Owens Corning also receives Green-e certified renewable energy certificates from Constellation for leasing space for the solar panels at the Fairburn insulation manufacturing facility.
Constellation and URE developed the project in response to a 2015 competitive bid developed by Owens Corning. It is Constellation’s third solar generation project located at an Owens Corning facility, representing more than 6 MW of capacity.
The solar power system is comprised of nearly 3,000 photovoltaic panels and is expected to avoid an estimated 1,054 metric tons of carbon dioxide during its first year of operation, the equivalent emissions from 223 passenger vehicles, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data.
Constellation currently owns and operates more than 400 MW of distributed energy projects that have been completed or are under construction for commercial and government customers throughout the United States. Constellation offers distributed energy solutions that may require no upfront capital from customers and may provide fixed power costs that are less than projected market rates.