Constellation, a leading competitive retail energy supplier, joined the Baltimore Ravens to flip the switch on a new 400-kilowatt (DC) solar generation project today at the team’s headquarters and training facility in Owings Mills, Md. Constellation provides energy services to the team and is the “Preferred Energy Choice of the Baltimore Ravens.”
The project expands Constellation’s already extensive relationship with the team. The company has supplied solar power to the Under Armour Performance Center since 2013, and last year, announced a multi-year sponsorship deal that includes exclusive naming rights to the suite levels at M&T Bank Stadium.
The new solar energy system consists of approximately 1,210 photovoltaic panels, located on the facility’s field house and grounds-keeping building, and is expected to generate approximately 460,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity in the first year of operation, approximately 15 percent of the team headquarters’ electricity needs. Generating the same amount of electricity using nonrenewable sources would result in the release of approximately 317 tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent emissions of nearly 13,000 tailgaters with propane grills, or 67 passenger vehicles annually, according to U.S. EPA data for the region.
The project is the latest in a long series of environmental initiatives by the Ravens. It was the first NFL team to earn a LEED-certified Gold designation by the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainability efforts at M&T Bank Stadium and the team has worked with Constellation to match the electricity used during “Green Games” through the purchase of Green-e Energy* certified wind renewable energy certificates.
Constellation owns and operates the solar power system, while the Ravens will purchase the electricity generated by the solar panels from Constellation under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
The project also expands Constellation’s role as the No. 1 solar energy producer in Maryland. To date, the company operates more than 60 megawatts of solar projects in the state.