In 2013, Constellation added 38 MW of customer-sited solar generation in 2013 in Arizona, California, Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia, bringing its total solar generation in operation or under construction for commercial, industrial and public sector customers to more than 164 MW. With 58 projects and 177 installations in 10 states and the District, Constellation is the third-largest commercial solar developer in the U.S.
“Customers recognize that on-site solar generation is a smart solution for achieving sustainability objectives and proactively managing long-term electricity costs,” said Gary Fromer, senior vice president, energy management programs for Constellation. “Our focus on providing customer value, in markets and circumstances in which solar deployments make good business sense, continues to drive significant growth in our customer-sited project deployments.”
A 2.7 MW solar project designed to supply approximately 6 percent of Owens Corning’s thermal and acoustical insulation plant’s annual electricity needs, from which the electricity generated by the system is purchased by Owens Corning from Constellation under a 20-year power purchase agreement, has reduced the plant’s energy intensity by 30 percent over the past 10 years.
By structuring its solar projects as power purchase or solar services agreements, Constellation offers solar installations that may require no upfront capital from customers and may provide fixed power costs that are comparable to or less than projected market rates.
Since 2007, Constellation estimates that its customer-sited solar projects have also helped avoid the release of more than 505 million pounds of carbon dioxide.