Baltimore Gas & Electric (BG&E)
- System Specs | 154 kW
- System Production | 206 MWh Annually
- Environmental Benefits | 180 fewer tons of carbon dioxide annually
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) has been meeting the energy needs of Central Maryland for almost 200 years. Today, BGE provides electricity to more than 1.2 million business and residential customers and natural gas to more than 630,000 customers. Pursuing innovative opportunities is part of BGE’s leadership history, and the company is one of the first investor-owned energy utilities in Maryland to begin purchasing and installing solar photovoltaic systems for its own needs.
When the state of Maryland implemented aggressive public policy to address the growing demand, restricted capacity and costs of electricity, BGE saw an opportunity to show industry leadership by implementing its first solar photovoltaic system to provide electricity to one of its Baltimore office buildings.
Standard Solar’s ability to deliver turnkey projects that are on-time, compliant and under budget won the project. And our technology knowledge, engineering, design capabilities and strong understanding of the financial and political challenges facing today’s utility companies drove the successful delivery of this world-class, solar project in downtown Baltimore.
Initial discussions focused on BGE’s specific solar power needs and goals, as well as the role that renewable energy would play within the organization long-term. Soon, talks evolved from theory to practice as site selections were discussed. After thorough analysis, Standard Solar proposed building the solar field on top of an environmental remediation site—optimizing its value and breathing new life into the site. BGE has won an award for the remediation of this location.
Today, the site, located just outside of the city’s famed Inner Harbor, stands as a visible symbol to city residents, investors, policy makers and visitors alike.
BGE uses the solar electricity to power the adjacent BGE building. This BGE solar project currently generates 206 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity annually, enough to supply 18 average-sized single family homes with power for one year, and offsets 180 tons of CO2 emissions each year, equivalent to 18,500 gallons of gasoline. Additionally BGE completed a second on-site solar project generating another 200 MWh annually of clean energy.
Pairing solar energy projects with utilities and environmental remediation sites are a perfect match, and this project sets a precedent for others of its type. Organizations nationwide are exploring onsite renewable energy generation sources like solar—while states are expanding the sustainable re-development of industrial sites. Federal legislation has earmarked funds for the revitalization and sustainable reuse of contaminated properties.