National Aquarium Signs Up for Solar Power

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photo via Travel Channel
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The National Aquarium is mostly made up of water, but it’s looking to solar as a new source of power.

The Aquarium and Constellation Energy Group signed a deal Thursday that will provide the Inner Harbor institution energy from a new solar power plant on the Eastern Shore.

According to a news release, the new plant will provide more than 40 percent of the Aquarium’s energy. They get renewable energy tax credits from the deal, which is good for 25 years.

The new power plant, which will be located in Cambridge, is set to be online in 2015. Power will be generated from 4,500 photovoltaic panels, which is enough to cover 22 acres.

If the amount of energy expected to be generated at the OneEnergy Renewables facility were to come from a traditional power plant, it would emit as much carbon dioxide as 842 cars, the release states.

“This agreement with Constellation allows us to ‘walk our talk’ as a conservation organization,” said John Racanelli, CEO of the National Aquarium. “Now, a significant percent of our electricity will come from clean, renewable energy.”

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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