and Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School
(Henderson-Hopkins), a K-8 Baltimore City public school operated by the
Johns Hopkins University School of Education, today announced the
completion of a 178-kilowatt (DC) solar
generation project The project is the second and largest solar
generation project to be unveiled at a Baltimore City school.
“Henderson-Hopkins pursues the most contemporary, effective approaches
to educating our students, so it is only fitting that we would take the
same approach to powering our building,” said Katrina Foster, the
school’s principal. “The new solar power system will help us share the
importance of sustainability with our community and serve as an
educational resource for our students to learn about renewable energy.”
The project required no upfront capital from Henderson-Hopkins.
Constellation financed the project’s development and owns and operates
the solar power system including the solar renewable energy credits.
Henderson-Hopkins will receive the electricity generated by the solar
panels through a 15-year power purchase agreement with Constellation.
“Renewable energy is a key part of our energy future, and this
installation will help students to develop an understanding of how it is
generated,” said Andy Frank, special adviser to the president on
economic development for Johns Hopkins University and member of the
Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners. “Henderson-Hopkins will
also see a significant, long-term reduction in expected energy costs.”
The project expands Constellation’s role as the No. 1 solar energy
producer in Maryland. To date, the company has completed more than 60
megawatts of solar projects in the state.
“Constellation is committed to advancing renewable energy initiatives in
Maryland, and particularly in our hometown of Baltimore,” said Gary
Fromer, senior vice president of distributed energy for Constellation.
“Through this collaborative project, we are helping to support
Henderson-Hopkins’ commitment to the environment and manage its energy
costs, as well as demonstrate the economic and educational opportunity
that renewable energy provides.”
The project will offer real-time data monitoring capabilities that will
be integrated into the school curriculum to help students learn how
solar electricity works and about the benefits of renewable energy.
Students will be able to observe how solar energy is used to deliver
electricity to their school, and be introduced to potential careers in
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.
Job trainees from the Maryland
Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET) shadowed solar
installers during the construction of the project and were provided an
overview of career opportunities in the solar industry. Trainees
interested in pursuing further solar job training were invited to enroll
in the Civic
Works Solar Job Training Program, which provides certification
opportunities and pathways to paid internships.
The solar installation is composed of approximately 616 photovoltaic
panels that cover approximately 10 percent of the building’s roof and
provide shade to 29 parking spaces. The solar facility is expected to
generate approximately 230,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity in the
first year. Generating the same amount of electricity using nonrenewable
sources would result in the release of approximately 350,000 pounds of
carbon dioxide, or the equivalent emissions from 34 passenger vehicles
annually, according to U.S. EPA data for the region.
Constellation currently owns and operates more than 250 megawatts of
solar installations that have been completed or are under construction
for commercial and government customers throughout the United States.
These solar projects, combined with other forms of clean, on-site power
supply such as biomass and co-generation, mean that Constellation has a
total of 350 megawatts of distributed generation projects completed or
under development for customers.
Constellation is a leading competitive retail supplier of power, natural
gas and energy products and services for homes and businesses across the
continental United States. Constellation's family of retail businesses
serves more than 2.5 million residential, public sector and business
customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100.
Baltimore-based Constellation is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation
(NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider, with 2014
revenues of approximately $27.4 billion, and more than 32,000 megawatts
of owned capacity comprising one of the nation's cleanest and
lowest-cost power generation fleets. Learn more at www.constellation.com
or on Twitter at @ConstellationEG.
About The Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School
The Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School, the first
public school built in East Baltimore in more than 20 years, opened in
2014. It is a high-performing charter school serving a diverse,
mixed-income community of students, families and teachers. The
90,000-square-foot facility occupies a seven-acre campus and has the
capacity to enroll 540 students. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early
Childhood Center serves 180 children.
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