The 17.7 MW utility-scale solar farm will produce enough energy to power over 1,700 homes
On August 29th, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley joined representatives from Constellation Energy and Mount St. Mary's University at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Mount St. Mary's University solar farm in Emmitsburg in Frederick County. The solar panel installation - the largest in the state - will generate more than 22 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, which will be used to power the University System of Maryland and other state facilities operated by the Department of General Services.
The Constellation Energy owned and operated solar farm is part of the Maryland Energy Administration's (MEA) Generating Clean Horizons program. The State and University System of Maryland committed to purchasing 78 megawatts of energy produced by two wind farms and one solar installation over 20 years. The program, which powers 16 percent of the State’s own load through newly constructed renewable sources, leveraged $320 million in private investment without any State funds. The program was also recognized by Harvard University as one of the top 25 innovations in American government. Together, the three Clean Horizon projects are competitive with market rates over the life of the contracts, and also generate renewable energy credits, which will save the State millions in future years. The $60 million Mount St. Mary's solar farm created 150 local construction jobs, and consists of 211,392 advanced thin film photovoltaic panels covering over 100 acres. To learn more, read MEA's press release on Wednesday's ribbon cutting.