By Baltimore Business Journal

Constellation Energy Group Inc. is developing two major solar panel systems in the region, at Anne Arundel Countyâ¿¿s Combined Support Services Complex in Millersville and at Coppin State University.

Both projects were funded through grants from the Maryland Energy Administrationâ¿¿s Project Sunburst, which promotes solar panel installation on state and local government buildings.

Baltimore-based Constellation (NYSE: CEG) is financing construction of the panels and will own them, selling the electricity they produce to each organization at a reduced cost over 20 years.

The Arundel facility houses the countyâ¿¿s maintenance, fire and school storage departments. The 750-kilowatt solar system is expected to offset 90 percent of the buildingâ¿¿s electric consumption.

At Coppin, a 500-kilowatt system is being built atop the universityâ¿¿s Physical Education Complex. That $129 million building is part of an expansion at Coppin that also includes a planned Science and Technology Center and a new health and human services building.

⿿This is a great example of how collaborations between the state and local businesses can support clean, renewable energy generation and help keep electricity prices affordable,⿝ Ron Melchior, vice president of renewable energy for Constellation Energy⿿s retail business, said in a statement.

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