The solar energy projects are expected to offset around one-third of the electric demand of the county’s public buildings.
By Tim Sylvia, PV Magazine
SunPower said it will work with Baltimore County to build two brownfield solar projects on the sites of former landfills.
The projects will generate 30 MW of clean energy, equivalent to the power used by one-third of the county’s municipal buildings, including government facilities. The installations will be located on the closed Hernwood and Parkton landfills, and will be the first large-scale solar energy projects in the county.
Construction is expected to begin in 2022 and the two will enter service by 2023.
Under power purchase agreements (PPAs), the county will pay no upfront costs; SunPowerand its financiers will cover the cost of developing and constructing the arrays. Over the 25-year PPA timeline, Baltimore County will pay a flat, fixed rate per kilowatt-hour. Through Maryland’s aggregate net metering rule, Baltimore Gas & Electric will credit the solar generated at the landfills against electric loads at other county buildings.
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Posted April 27, 2021