Baltimore, April 16, 2012 — McCormick & Company, Inc. and Constellation Energy, a business unit of Exelon, announced that McCormick’s 363,000-square-foot distribution center in Belcamp, Md., now generates more electricity than it uses.
The center is considered a net-zero energy building, which means it produces as much or more electricity than it consumes from the grid. For McCormick’s Belcamp facility, this was achieved through energy conservation measures implemented by McCormick and the installation of a 1.8-MW rooftop solar power system from Constellation Energy in 2011.
Constellation Energy currently owns and operates more than 100 MW of solar installations that have been completed or are under construction for commercial and government customers throughout the U.S.
Constellation Energy built, owns and maintains the solar power system at the Belcamp facility as well as a nearly 1 MW solar installation at McCormick’s Spice Mill in Hunt Valley, Md., and a smaller solar installation at McCormick’s corporate headquarters building in Sparks, Md. McCormick purchases all of the electricity generated by the solar panels at less than current market rates under separate 20-year power purchase agreements.
By structuring its solar projects as solar services agreements or power purchase agreements, Constellation Energy requires no upfront capital from its customers and is able to provide power at a fixed cost that is less than projected market rates.