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Solar Project Powering the ARCC - Collaborative Efforts With Big Results

Solar panels are providing power to the ARCC These solar panels are now providing power to the Mount's ARCC and wastewater treatment plant.

Emmitsburg, Maryland – The Mount announces the completion of a 1.675-megawatt solar generation project. Owned and operated by Constellation Energy, the solar generation project is now fully functional and supplying clean energy to the Mount. The larger portion of the system consists of 12,312-solar panels located on the east side of campus serving the Athletic Recreation Convocation Complex (ARCC). The active panels in this portion of the system create roughly 1382.77 kilowatts of power and directly supply up to 90% of the ARCC’s power-needs.

“Solar power, fueling the ARCC here on campus, is an important moment in the history of the Mount,” says President Thomas Powell. “This significant step forward in sustainability is a great example of the Mount’s commitment to clean energy and to being good stewards of the environment.”

The competed ARCC array is in addition to Constellation Energy’s roughly 300 kilowatt system that server the Mount’s waste water treatment and 16.1-megawatt solar project currently under construction on the Mount’s campus.

In 2010, the Mount signed an agreement with Constellation Energy leasing 100 of its 1,400 acres on the east campus to host one of Maryland’s largest solar photovoltaic power farms. Scheduled for completion in June of 2012 Constellation’s 16.1-megawatt solar project will generate an estimated 22 million kilowatt hours of emission-free, clean electricity each year. Generating the same amount of electricity from non-renewable sources would result in the release of 5,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide; the equivalent of the emissions of more than 3,000 cars.

This collaborative effort in producing clean, sustainable energy continues a legacy of commitment to environmental science at the Mount which began with President Powell as a charter signatory on the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a national initiative with a goal of carbon neutrality at member institutions.

Part of the state of Maryland’s Generating Clean Horizons initiative, the power generated by the 16.1-megawatt solar project of will be purchased from Constellation by the state of Maryland’s Department of General Services and the University System of Maryland.

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