Origis Energy USA announced a power purchase agreement to develop a 32.5 MWAC solar power system for Georgetown University to be constructed in La Plata, Charles County, Maryland.
Once complete, the solar facility developed, built and owned by Origis Energy, will generate nearly 75,000 MWh of power each year and provide 49 percent of Georgetown’s electricity load for campus operations located in the nation’s capital.
Pending approval from the Maryland Public Service Commission and local permitting, the solar facility will be located on 518 acres in Charles County.
The Origis Energy designs call for the use of single axis tracking technology and nearly 105,000 solar panel modules and will interconnect to the South Maryland Electric Cooperative transmission system. The project will create nearly 200 jobs during construction, which is anticipated to start in early 2019 and be completed by summer 2019.
The use of solar power at Georgetown has been to date by rooftop solar installations, including its 2013 Solar Street Project, and a 300 kW array on the rooftop of the ICC building that ran from 1984 to 2012. Earlier this year, the university executed a power purchase agreement to build 1.1 MW of solar on six campus buildings.