A new Baltimore Ravens headquarters and training facility in Owings Mills is ready to proudly serve the NFL team by generating 460 thousand kilowatt-hours of solar energy per year – approximately 15 percent of the facility’s annual electricity requirements. The complex flipped the switch for the first time at the end of May.
This solar powered unveiling comes almost one year after the original agreement on July 28th of 2015, when the Baltimore Ravens announced that they were joining forces with Constellation Energy, a parent company of Exelon. The company now bills themselves as the “Preferred Energy Choice of the Baltimore Ravens”. Under Constellation Energy’s guidance, 1,210 solar panels have been installed throughout the field house and grounds-keeping facilities.
Constellation Energy has longstanding ties with the state of Maryland, operating over 60 megawatts’ worth of solar sites before this most recent expansion. This is also not their first foray with the Baltimore Ravens. Since 2013, Constellation Energy has powered the Under Armour Performance Center, and in 2015, went public about a sponsorship agreement giving them the exclusive rights to name the suite levels at M&T Bank Stadium.
“We look forward to continuing to work with Constellation to promote renewable energy, and make a positive difference in our community and for the environment” said Ravens President Dick Cass of the agreement, further adding that “the Ravens have worked hard to be a model of sustainability for the NFL and for our fans.”
The solar powered headquarters and training facility are the latest environmentally-motivated initiatives by the Ravens. The team was first ever to earn a LEED-certified Gold declaration by the U.S. Green Building Council due to their contributions to the M&T Bank Stadium. Here, the Ravens partnered with Constellation to match the electricity provided during “Green Games” by purchasing wind renewable energy certificates.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamanetz is pleased with the Ravens’ environmental awareness. He heaped praise upon the Owings Mills project, calling it a collaboration that will foster improved livability between Ravens fans and Baltimore County residents alike.
“We love our Baltimore Ravens, and this project is just one more example of their commitment to Baltimore County,” Kamenetz said. “I congratulate both Constellation and the Ravens for creating a sustainable energy project right here in Owings Mills.”
Representatives at Constellation echo the NFL Ravens President and Baltimore County Executive. Mark Huston, president of Constellation Retail, said that “the Ravens are a recognized sustainability leader, and Constellation is proud to help them further their efforts by powering their headquarters with energy from Constellation’s solar power system.” He added that Constellation Energy is “committed to advancing renewable energy in Maryland”, and feels that the new training facility is the perfect opportunity to “showcase the benefits of smart energy strategies to all Ravens players, employees and fans.”
Under the agreement, Constellation Energy completely owns the solar panels and controls their operation. The Ravens will simply buy the electricity that is produced from the solar panels off of Constellation Energy for the next 20 years.
This is the latest in Constellation Energy’s many assertions into Baltimore’s renewable energy industry. The city has recently pledged a 15-year agreement to purchase solar power from a new solar power plant in Harford County that is owned and operated by Constellation, saving the city a projected total of $13 million in energy costs over the course of that time.
With the Ravens raising public awareness as to the viability of renewable energy, city officials hope Baltimore residents will begin to embrace the concepts of solar power within their own lives.