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Johns Hopkins University Reaches Solar Electricity Deal


BALTIMORE (AP) - Johns Hopkins University says it has reached a long-term agreement to get about two-thirds of the university's electricity from solar power.

The university announced on Monday a 15-year agreement with Baltimore-based energy company Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon. It will begin in 2021.

Under the agreement, Johns Hopkins campuses would receive more than 250,000 megawatt-hours of solar power a year.

The agreement calls for Constellation to buy energy and renewable energy certificates from a new 175-megawatt solar plant that is being developed in Virginia.

Johns Hopkins has set a goal of reducing carbon emissions by 51 percent by 2025. University President Ronald Daniels says the agreement demonstrates the seriousness of the university's commitment to sustainability "for the good of our university and our planet."

Don Rush is the News Director and Senior Producer of News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.