USM Leadership in Reducing State's Carbon Footprint Continues with Installation in Frederick County
Adelphi, Md. (Aug.
-- In a partnership with Constellation Energy, the University System of Maryland
(USM) announced the completion of a 16.1-megawatt solar installation today at
Mount St. Mary's University for the state of Maryland's Generating Clean
generated by the system is purchased by the USM and the state's Department of
General Services via 20-year solar power purchase agreements with
Constellation. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley led a ribbon-cutting ceremony at
the Mount St. Mary's campus, a private four-year institution in Frederick
sustainability is one of three critical priorities for the University System of
Maryland, and colleges and universities have a special responsibility to find
effective pathways and prepare the next generation," said Donald Boesch, USM
Vice Chancellor for Environmental Sustainability and president of the University of
Maryland Center for Environmental Science. "This solar generation project at
Mount St. Mary's University is an example of how we can help our state toward a
reliable and sustainable energy future."
newly dedicated system is expected to produce more than 20 million kilowatt
hours of electricity annually that are free of emissions. The same amount of
electricity generated with nonrenewable sources would result in release of
nearly 18,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, according to the U.S. Environmental
December 2009, the USM Board of Regents approved the award of renewable energy
projects to produce more than 20 percent of the yearly electric needs for USM
institutions and state agencies. The contracts will advance the state's
commitment to reducing its carbon footprint by 25 percent by 2020 and the USM's
commitment to carbon neutrality under the American College and University
Presidents Climate Commitment.
procurement leadership from officials at the University of Maryland, College
Park (UMCP), projects recommended for award to regional energy providers
included the solar project at Mount St. Mary's University, a 10-megawatt (MW)
wind project in western Maryland (with regional energy provider Synergics) and
a 55 MW project in West Virginia (US Wind Force).
commercial dedication of the Mount St. Mary's solar project marks the final
step in the state's completion of its initial Generating Clean Horizons
project," said Joan Kowal, USM energy adviser. "USM is proud to have led by
example in the solicitation and ultimate development of three large scale
renewable projects in the area. It is our hope that these projects are just the
first of many ultimately built for the state's benefit in the next decade."
has continued to provide the procurement and technical lead for the effort,
working with the state's Department of General Services and the Maryland Energy
Contact: Mike Lurie