Earlier this week the Baltimore Ravens announced that they have entered into a PPA with Constellation to install solar panels on their headquarters and training facility. The system will provide 375 kW of solar, enough to cover 15% of the facility’s energy needs.
Located in Owings Mill, Maryland, the Under Armour Performance Center is home to the team’s 200,000-square-foot training facility that houses a full-size indoor practice field, player support functions, a TV studio and executive offices.
“Constellation is helping the Ravens extend our efforts to promote renewable energy to the Under Armour Performance Center,” said Kevin Rochlitz, senior vice president of corporate sales and business development. “We are proud to be a model of sustainability for the NFL and our fans, and we look forward to continuing to work with Constellation to make a positive difference in our community and environment.”
The Ravens have a strong track record when it comes to environmental sustainability. Their M&T Bank Stadium was the first existing outdoor professional sports facility in the United States to earn a LEED-certified Gold designation by the U.S. Green Building Council. This includes not only NFL teams but all professional sports teams.
“The Ravens are a recognized leader in the NFL, and Constellation is proud to help them achieve their goals by powering their headquarters with energy from the Constellation solar power system,” said Bruce Stewart, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Constellation. “We are committed to advancing renewable energy in Maryland, and we hope this project will showcase the benefits of solar power to all Ravens players, employees and fans.”
Constellation currently owns and operates more than 200 MW of solar installations throughout the United States. These solar projects, contribute to a total of 300 megawatts of distributed generation completed or under development for their customers.
As more professional sports teams and leagues discover the benefits of solar perhaps we will see an influence on their fans as well.