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Solar farm coming to Mount St. Mary’s

EMMITSBURG — Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg will soon become home to a large solar farm.

The Frederick County Planning Commission unanimously approved plans Wednesday to put 220,000 solar panels on a 135-acre parcel of university land. The $60 million project is scheduled to be completed by the end of next year.

Constellation Energy Group is developing the parcel, and the state of Maryland will buy electricity from the system for 20 years. Constellation also has plans to build a smaller solar facility to generate electricity for Mount St. Mary’s.

Linda Sherman, director of communications for the university, says the farm may be the largest on any campus in the country.