Constellation, McCormick announce solar agreement

Constellation Energy Group and McCormick & Co. have announced an agreement to develop a single rooftop solar installation that will have the largest capacity of any statewide, Constellation announced Thursday.

Construction on the 1.8-megawatt solar photovoltaic power system should begin at McCormick's Belcamp distribution center in June and is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.

Constellation will finance the project and will own and maintain the solar system for 20 years. McCormick will then buy the electricity purchased by this installation, an arrangement that Constellation estimates will save McCormick $3.4 million over the life of the agreement.

The installation will generate about 75 percent of the electricity used at the distribution center, said Aaron Koos, a constellation spokesman.

McCormick installed a nearly 1-megawatt solar installation at McCormick's spice mill in Hunt Valley with Constellation in 2008. The mill draws a percentage of its power from the grid, although at times its installation can generate all the electricity it needs, Koos said.

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