University of Maryland Medical System 5.4 MW Solar Installation in Somerset County, MD
UMMS: Innovation in Healthcare & Solar Energy
Together with Constellation and BithEnergy, the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is taking advantage of solar energy that allows it to serve as a role model for the adoption of clean, sustainable, renewable energy. The solar power is generated from a 3.66-megawatt DC, grid-connected generation project located in Somerset County,Md.
electricity generated by the solar installation is purchased by UMMS under a
20-year power purchase agreement. As
part of its purchase agreement, UMMS receives Solar
Renewable Energy Credits that help satisfy Maryland’s Renewable Energy Portfolio
- 3.657 MW (DC) ground mounted solar installation
- 15,540 Yingli polycrystalline photovoltaic solar panels
- 25 acres of land used for the installation
- 4,744,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity anticipated to be generated annually
- 20-year Power Purchase Agreement
- Full commissioned and serving UMMS as of February 2013
- Varying amounts of Solar Renewable Energy Credits provided to UMMS
UMMS and Solar
UMMS is a 12-hospital system with academic, community and specialty service missions reaching every part of the state and beyond with roughly 120,000 annual patient admissions. 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.
"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," said Robert A. Cherncik, president and chief executive officer of UMMS. "The generation of solar energy, coupled with renewable energy credits, not only makes good business sense but exemplifies our commitment to innovation."
The creation of solar energy from this project is expected to save more than 3,347 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, which is equivalent to 697 passenger vehicles' emissions annually.
Over the contract's 20-year term, this solar installation is expected to save more than 66,940 tons of carbon dioxide, which is the equivalent of:
- 13,946 passenger vehicles removed from the road
- Emissions from the consumption of 155,674 barrels of oil
- Emissions from the electricity use of 10,021 home annually
Power Purchase Agreement
By financing this project
through a 20-year power purchase agreement, Constellation required no upfront
capital from UMMS while UMMS was able to keep its power costs fixed at lower
than projected market rates.
Constellation built, owns, operates and
maintains the solar installation.
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