|[April 22, 2013]
University of Maryland Medical System, Constellation and BITHENERGY Celebrate Completion of 3.66-Megawatt Solar Generation Project
BALTIMORE --(Business Wire)--
of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), Constellation
today announced the completion of a 3.66-megawatt DC, grid-connected, solar
generation project in Somerset County, Md.
The 3.66-megawatt grid-connected, solar energy project for the University of Maryland Medical System will generate an estimated 4.7 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. (Photo: Constellation)
In honor of the project's completion, a celebration and ribbon-cutting
were held today as part of Earth Day activities at the University of
Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Representatives from UMMS,
Constellation, BITHENERGY, and state and local government were on hand
for the event, including state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh (Baltimore City),
and Ted Atwood, division chief of the energy office for the Baltimore
City Department of General Services.
"The generation of solar energy, coupled with renewable energy credits,
not only makes good business sense but exemplifies our commitment to
innovation," said Robert A. Chrencik, president and chief executive
officer of UMMS. "Making a positive difference in the communities that
we serve goes beyond delivering excellent health care; we must also be
good stewards of our environment and resources."
The electricity generated by the solar panels is purchased by UMMS under
a 20-year power purchase agreement with BITHENERGY. As part of its
purchase agreement, UMMS receives Solar
Renewable Energy Credits that help satisfy Maryland's
Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard requirements, and in the process
serves as a roe model for the adoption of clean, sustainable, renewable
The solar project was initially developed by BITHENERGY, Chesapeake
Renewable Energy and Smart Energy Capital. Belectric, Inc., provided
engineering, procurement and construction services. Constellation
financed, owns and operates the solar power system.
"The UMMS project is part of BITHENERGY's overall business mission to
provide renewable energy options to healthcare, non-profit, and
educational institutions throughout the mid-Atlantic region," said
Robert L. Wallace, president and CEO of BITHENERGY. "I am extremely
grateful that the visionary leaders at UMMS had enough faith in our team
to entrust us with the responsibility to complete this solar power plant
and have it available for their use. Our team of professionals - UMMS,
BITHENERGY, and Constellation - is a perfect example of the good that
can come when there is economic intentionality between public and
private institutions in our State."
"Constellation congratulates UMMS for its commitment to sustainable
operation and renewable energy," said Michael D. Smith, vice president
of solar and energy efficiency sales for Constellation. "We're proud to
be part of the UMMS project team as we continue to support solar
generation in Maryland. To date, Constellation has developed more than
30 megawatts of solar for Maryland customers, roughly 40 percent of the
state's estimated 74 megawatts of solar installations."
"Maryland's Eastern Shore is often associated with sunshine, and this
solar energy project based in Somerset County demonstrates another facet
of our area's contributions to the state," said state Sen. James N.
Mathias, Jr. (Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties). "We are proud
to be home to this innovative application of natural resources,
which exemplifies how businesses in Maryland complement each other
across the miles, from the rural farmlands and waters of the lower
Eastern Shore, to the vital medical services and research occurring
daily in Baltimore City."
The solar power system comprises approximately 15,540 photovoltaic
panels, located on approximately 25 acres. The system is expected to
generate approximately 4.7 million kilowatt-hours of electricity during
its first year of operation. Generating the same amount of electricity
using nonrenewable sources would result in the release of 3,347 metric
tons of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent emissions from 697 passenger
vehicles annually, according to U.S. EPA data for the region.
Participants in today's celebration also saw firsthand examples of UMMS
sustainability initiatives via Earth Day exhibits at the University of
Maryland Medical Center. UMMC's "Green Team" is dedicated to reducing
the Medical Center's environmental footprint through waste reduction,
energy conservation, healthier food, smart purchasing and greener
transportation. UMMC's waste reduction programs have resulted in
positive environmental impacts and costs savings. Many UMMS hospitals
have "Green Teams" who implement programs throughout their local
About University of Maryland Medical System
The University of Maryland Medical System is a 12-hospital system with
academic, community and specialty service missions reaching every part
of the state and beyond. UMMS is a national and regional referral center
for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, women's and children's
health and physical rehabilitation. It also has one of the nation's
largest kidney transplant programs, as well as scores of other programs
that improve the physical and mental health of thousands of people
daily. UMMS has more than 21,500 employees, approximately 2,300 licensed
beds, about 120,000 annual patient admissions and gross patient revenues
of $2.8 billion. Additionally, the Medical System generates nearly $4.4
billion in economic activity in Maryland. For more information, visit www.umms.org.
The Constellation family of retail electricity and natural gas suppliers
are subsidiaries of Exelon Corp., and are leading competitive retail
suppliers of power, natural gas and energy products and services for
homes and businesses across the continental United
States. Constellation's retail businesses serve more than 100,000
business and public sector customers, including more than two-thirds of
the Fortune 100, and nearly one million residential customers.
Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is the nation's leading competitive
energy provider, with 2012 revenues of approximately $23.5 billion.
Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities
in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is one of the
largest competitive U.S. power generators, with approximately 35,000
megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation's cleanest and
lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company's Constellation
business unit provides energy products and services to approximately
100,000 business and public sector customers and approximately 1 million
residential customers. Exelon's utilities deliver electricity and
natural gas to more than 6.6 million customers in central Maryland
(BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO (News - Alert)).
BITHENERGY, Inc. is an award-winning, energy services company that
provides innovative solutions for maximizing energy and operational
efficiencies, while expanding energy sourcing options. BITHENERGY offers
its government, corporate, and non-profit clients consulting services,
intelligent engineering strategies, advanced information systems,
leading edge business processes, and full implementation services for
managing energy consumption, sourcing power purchases, smart grid
infrastructure build-out, and the development of renewable energy
systems. More than 30 megawatts of solar installations and Hybrid
Renewable Energy Systems (HRES) have been completed or are under
development for government, educational, and commercial clients both in
the United States and West Africa.
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