Nautilus Solar Energy, a national solar project acquisition, development and asset management company, acquired a 9 MW community solar development portfolio from Power52 Energy Solutions, a regional developer of renewable energy projects. This portfolio is comprised of four separate projects located outside of Baltimore. Each project is qualified under Maryland’s community solar pilot program and are in the Baltimore Gas & Electric service territory. The portfolio is expected to be constructed and energized in 2019.
Utilizing its full-service platform, Nautilus will be responsible for the project management, long-term asset management and maintenance services for these projects. The projects will be owned by an affiliate of Virgo Investment Group, which is also a minority shareholder of Nautilus Solar Energy.
The energy generated by the projects will directly benefit qualified residential off-takers, including low and moderate income (LMI) subscribers, who are situated within BGE’s service territory. The energy generated through these solar projects will provide local residents with energy cost savings while also advancing Maryland’s overall renewable energy goals. Trainees from the Power52 Energy Institute’s 11-week solar training program will complete their “On the Job Training” as part of the construction of the portfolio along with graduates that are currently employed by Power52 Energy Solutions.
“This community solar portfolio is a testament of the multi-faceted benefits that sustainable energy can bring into Low to Moderate Income Communities that we serve. The Nautilus team understood this philosophy and we are pleased to have worked with them on this transaction,” said Rob Wallace, CEO of Power52 Energy Solutions. “We’re especially excited about the job creation opportunities that the construction of this multi-site portfolio will provide for our Power52 Energy Institute graduates.”
— Solar Builder magazine