McCormick Spices Up the Solar Power System

McCormick & Company Inc.'s business depends on a continued commitment to protecting Earth’s resources. With that goal in mind, they enlisted Constellation to help them reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and electricity usage through a 20-year agreement. Through unique energy conservation measures and the installation of a 1.8-megawatt rooftop solar power system in 2011, their 363,000-square-foot distribution center in Belcamp, MD, achieved net-zero energy use within one year of operation, which means it now produces as much or more electricity than it consumes from the grid. In fact, the facility now generates a surplus of more than 16,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity in a one-year period.

The project included 8,372 crystalline photovoltaic solar panels on the building's 363,000 square foot rooftop and is expected to save McCormick $3.4 million in electricity costs over the 20-year period of the agreement, according to Jim Lynn of McCormick & Company, Inc.