Senior Living Community Goes Solar with One of the Largest Solar Arrays in Baltimore


Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Baltimore, Maryland, goes solar with a 1.2MW solar array. The project consists of 4,150 panels and is one of the largest solar installations in the Baltimore metropolitan area. The system is expected to generate approximately 1.5 million kilowatt hours annually. 

ABM (NYSE: ABM), a provider of facility solutions, has successfully commissioned a 1.2MW solar array in Baltimore, Maryland. The project consists of 4,150 panels and is one of the largest solar installations to date in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

Washington Gas Energy Systems (WGES) owns the system and will sell the electricity generated to the land owner, Glen Meadows Retirement Community, a subsidiary of Presbyterian Senior Living, under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The project provides the senior living facility with fixed, low-cost energy rates, allowing them to save money as utility costs rise in the coming years. The system is expected to generate just over 1.5 million kilowatt hours annually.

ABM provided the engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning of the solar array on behalf of WGES and Sol Systems, which provided the solar financing for the project. Construction began in August and was finalized in October. 

The multi-year, multi-million-dollar contract represents the first project completed through ABM’s recent joint venture with Building Energy, an Italian-based independent power producer. 

“ABM is excited to have completed the first of many utility-scale solar development projects to come,” said Ted O’Shea, ABM energy business vice president. “We’ve made significant investments to increase our expertise in the development of renewable energy as a solution to reduce owning and operating costs and increase energy efficiency for our clients. We look forward to continuing to help other organizations obtain fixed-cost energy pricing while generating revenue for their facilities through our renewable energy solutions.”

Andrea Braccialarghe, Building Energy’s managing director, America, commented: “Building Energy’s solar power plant experience worldwide creates tremendous value for our joint venture’s U.S. clients through well-built systems that maximize clean, renewable solar power.”