Cambridge Solar, a 4.3 MW (DC) solar photovoltaic project in the heart of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, has been operating since spring 2015 and was designed to meet 40% of the National Aquarium’s annual electricity needs.
The project was intentionally sited on the least productive 22-acre plot of a 400-acre farm that has been under the stewardship of one family for multiple generations. The project benefits from one of the most effective combinations of solar irradiation and locational marginal pricing in the PJM territory. The project is comprised of 14,326 photovoltaic modules supported by 47 rows of a fixed-tilt racking system.
OneEnergy creatively tailored the development of both the project and the transaction to meet the Aquarium’s unique financial and energy profile needs by connecting it to Cambridge Solar (located roughly 50 miles from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor), and working closely with their energy provider, Constellation, to integrate the project seamlessly into the Aquarium’s existing power supply. Constellation owns and operates the project, and the family continues to farm the remaining acreage.