The solar rooftop system at Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick, Maryland is now operational. The 2-MW capacity project is currently providing clean energy to power the Class A shopping destination, owned by PREIT, a leading real estate investment trust.
The project is Safari Energy’s eighth in the state, bringing the total capacity of Safari Energy’s commercial rooftop solar systems in Maryland to nearly 10 MW. Francis Scott Key Mall is Safari Energy’s fifth project with PREIT, adding to a growing nationwide portfolio.
“Safari Energy is proud to continue expanding our portfolio of projects with PREIT and to take advantage of the positive renewable energy landscape in Maryland,” said Matt Rudey, Chief Executive Office, Safari Energy. “We look forward to completing more commercial solar projects in Maryland while the favorable policies and incentives are in place.”
Safari Energy developed the Francis Scott Key Mall project, conducting site analysis, engineering design, financial, tax and legal structuring, incentive capture, permitting, construction management and interconnection approval. The project has now moved into the asset management phase, with Safari Energy providing the site with O&M services. Safari Energy is similarly providing ongoing O&M services in Maryland for systems installed at Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore and Federal Plaza in Bethesda.
“We partnered with Safari Energy on our first rooftop solar project at Cherry Hill Mall in New Jersey, and we are pleased to continue building on this partnership with five installations now complete,” said Joseph F. Coradino, CEO, PREIT. “Safari Energy has helped us realize significant economic value and environmental benefits from previously unused roof space from Massachusetts to Maryland, enhancing our sustainability efforts.”
Francis Scott Key Mall is located in Frederick, Maryland, within an hour of Washington, DC and Baltimore, and offers shoppers more than 70 specialty retailers. PREIT, which owns Francis Scott Key Mall, operates a robust portfolio of carefully curated properties combining retail and lifestyle offerings with destination dining and entertainment experiences.
— Solar Builder magazine