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McCormick joins Hopkins in solar power buy via Constellation

Constellation's office on Pratt Street in Baltimore. (File photo)

Constellation’s office on Pratt Street in Baltimore. (File photo)

McCormick & Co. and a Massachusetts firm are joining Johns Hopkins University in a plan to buy, through a Baltimore retail power supplier, solar energy generated in Virginia.

Hopkins, McCormick, and TJX Cos. Inc. of Framingham, Massachusetts, the parent of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and other stores, will buy 175 megawatts and associated renewable energy certificates from Constellation through its Constellation’s Offsite Renewables retail power product, which the company says is easier to use than traditional offsite power purchase agreements.

“We acknowledge that climate change is a real and pressing problem and we’re committed to doing our part to use renewable energy to combat it,” said Lawrence Kurzius, chairman, president and CEO of McCormick, in a news release announcing the deal.

Constellation will buy the energy and renewable energy certificates from the Skipjack Solar Center, a 1,200-acre, 175-megawatt solar energy project being developed in Charles City County, Virginia, part of the greater Richmond region. The project is expected to begin producing power in 2021. A spokesperson for Constellation would not tell The Daily Record how much power each company would take under the agreement.

Constellation is buying the entire output of the Skipjack Solar Center, a spokeswoman for solar developer sPower told The Daily Record.

With energy purchased under the agreement, McCormick will power sites in Maryland and New Jersey, including its corporate headquarters, four manufacturing plants and two distribution centers.

Hopkins, which has a goal of reducing carbon emissions by 51% by 2025, announced in April that it would buy the solar power through Constellation.

Except for power already generated by on-site solar and cogeneration, the solar energy will power the Homewood, Peabody Institute, Montgomery County, Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory, Keswick and Mount Washington campuses. It would also partially cover the School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Those sites all require about 390,000 megawatt hours a year.

The deal is expected to start in 2021.

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