Cambridge Solar is a 4.3 MW (DC) solar photovoltaic project in the heart of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It began operating in spring 2015 with a design specific to meet 40% of the National Aquarium’s annual electricity needs.
Cambridge operates under the stewardship of one family for multiple generations. They intentionally sited the project on the least productive 22-acre plot of a 400-acre farm. Also, the project benefits from one of the most effective combinations of solar irradiation and locational marginal pricing in the PJM territory. Cambridge comprises 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). They worked closely with their energy provider, Constellation, to integrate the project seamlessly into the Aquarium’s existing power supply. Constellation owns and operates the projec. The family continues to farm the remaining acreage.