A 100 acre greenfield site in Emittsburg, will be home to the largest solar project in Maryland history. Under Construction by Baltimore-based Constellation Energy (NYSE: CEG), the 16.1 megawatt photovoltaic panels are expected to generate 22 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually.
Part of the states Generating Clean Horizons initiative, the effort reduces its reliance on conventional energy producing systems like coal power plants and at the same time moves towards creating a critical mass of sustainable green businesses and jobs. The system will incorporate 220,000 advanced thin film photovoltaic panels from Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar(Nasdaq: FSLR).
A 75 person workforce is being employed by Constellation Energy for the initial project installation; at peak 150 jobs will be created. The project is expected to be completed by early 2012.
The $60 Million development will produce power for the University System of Maryland and the state of Maryland's Department of General Services. They will purchase from the solar power system under a 20-year agreement; the land is being leased from Mount St. Mary's University which will have its own 1.3-megawatt system on the same site.