Vineland, N.J., November 9, 2011 – Constellation Energy and the city of Vineland, owner and operator of the Vineland Municipal Electric Utility, completed an aggregate 6.5-MW solar generation project that will supply affordable energy to the utility’s customers.
Baltimore-based Constellation Energy‘s retail business built, owns and maintains the solar power system. In return, the city purchases all of the electricity generated by the solar panels at a fixed rate from Constellation Energy under a 25-year power purchase agreement.
In honor of the solar project’s completion, a celebration and ribbon-cutting were held today at the installation. Representatives from Constellation Energy, Community Energy Solar and city officials were on hand for the event, including Vineland Mayor Robert Romano.
Vineland’s newest solar power system is comprised of about 27,896 photovoltaic panels, ground-mounted at two locations – 4 MW in West Vineland and 2.5 MW in North Vineland. The project is expected to generate about 10 million kWh of electricity per year.
Generating the same amount of electricity using nonrenewable sources would result in the release of 7,584 metric tons of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent emissions from 1,487 passenger vehicles annually, according to U.S. EPA data for the New Jersey region.
Constellation Energy acquired Vineland’s 6.5 MW project pre-construction from solar power developer Community Energy Solar in early 2011.