363,000 square-foot distribution center generates more electricity
than it uses thanks to energy efficiency and solar power
BALTIMORE, Apr 16, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) --McCormick & Company, Inc. (NYSE: MKC) and Constellation Energy, a
business unit of Exelon (NYSE: EXC), today announced that McCormick's
363,000-square-foot distribution center in Belcamp, Md., now generates
more electricity than it uses.
The center is considered a net-zero energy building, which means it
produces as much or more electricity than it consumes from the grid. For
McCormick's Belcamp facility, this was achieved through energy
conservation measures implemented by McCormick and the installation of a
1.8-megawatt rooftop solar
power system from Constellation Energy in 2011. Constellation Energy
currently owns and operates more than 100 megawatts of solar
installations that have been completed or are under construction for
commercial and government customers throughout the United States.
"This is a milestone for our solar power projects and represents
tangible evidence of our robust corporate social responsibility
efforts," said Jeff Blankman, sustainable manufacturing manager for
McCormick. "During a five-year period we were able to reduce electricity
use at Belcamp by 55 percent through energy efficient interior and
exterior lighting, occupancy sensors, HVAC upgrades, and energy
efficient pallet conveyors. With the addition of hosting solar power,
the facility generated a surplus of more than 16,000 kilowatt-hours of
electricity in a one-year period. McCormick's Belcamp distribution
center reinforces that net-zero energy use is achievable and affordable
for large commercial buildings."
Constellation Energy built, owns and maintains the solar power system at
the Belcamp facility as well as a nearly 1-megawatt solar installation
at McCormick's Spice Mill in Hunt Valley, Md., and a smaller solar
installation at McCormick's corporate headquarters building in Sparks,
Md. McCormick purchases all of the electricity generated by the solar
panels at less than current market rates under separate 20-year power
purchase agreements. To view a brief video about the role that solar
plays in McCormick's sustainability
efforts click here.
"On-site solar generation is an economic and practical way for more and
more companies to achieve their sustainability goals and control their
electricity costs," said Michael D. Smith, vice president of solar and
efficiency sales for Constellation Energy. "Additionally, through
conservation measures, which are essential to any effective energy
management strategy, businesses can realize further savings. In many
cases, Constellation can offer its customers the ability to bundle the
costs of energy efficiency upgrades with their electricity spend,
allowing them to leverage existing operational budgets for needed
By structuring its solar projects as solar services agreements or power
purchase agreements, Constellation Energy requires no upfront capital
from its customers and is able to provide power at a fixed cost that is
less than projected market rates.
Constellation's commercial customers, universities, school systems,
hospitals and government agencies interested in energy
efficiency or on-site
solar installations of 1 megawatt or larger may contact
Constellation Energy at email@example.com
McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor.
With more than $3 billion in annual sales, the company manufactures,
markets and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other
flavorful products to the entire food industry - retail outlets, food
manufacturers and food service businesses. Every day, no matter
where or what you eat, you can enjoy food flavored by McCormick. McCormick
Brings Passion to Flavor(TM). To learn more please visit us at www.mccormickcoporation.com.
Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC) is the nation's leading competitive
energy provider, with approximately $33 billion in annual revenues.
Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities
in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is the largest
competitive U.S. power generator, with approximately 35,000 megawatts of
owned capacity comprising one of the nation's cleanest and lowest-cost
power generation fleets. The company's Constellation business unit
provides energy products and services to approximately 100,000 business
and public sector customers and approximately 1 million residential
customers. Exelon's utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to
approximately 6.6 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern
Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO).
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SOURCE: Constellation Energy and McCormick & Company, Inc.
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