Merchants Terminal Corporation

Changing the energy management game with one of Maryland’s largest solar arrays

Founded in 1927, Merchants Terminal Corporation is the largest temperature controlled logistics company in the state of Maryland, with refrigerated warehousing and distribution capabilities that span the East Coast. Because refrigerated warehousing requires a great deal of electricity, the Company’s Port of Baltimore facility was designed around a state of the art building design and energy management system, making it one of the most environmentally friendly – and cost effective – temperature controlled distribution centers in the country.

In September, 2010, Merchants Terminal engaged HelioSage as its Owner’s Advisor to take the next step in its plan to control energy costs and carbon footprint: the installation of a commercial scale, roof mounted solar array. After conducting a bid process that attracted top national and international bidders, HelioSage assisted Merchants with the selection of a design/build solution for a 736.96 kilowatt system. HelioSage also managed bank financing, EPC and O&M contract negotiation, and the sale of the system’s solar renewable energy credits (SRECs). The array, which is visible from I-95, was commissioned on April 29, 2011, and now provides 20% of the facility’s electric needs with free power. Payback on the system is expected to take less than six years.

About the Merchants Terminal Solar Array:

Size: 736.96 kilowatts

Major System Components

  • Modules: REC 235 PE Black (x3,136)
  • Inverters: Satcon 100’s and 135’s
  • Racking: Sunlink

Annual electricity production: 824,161 kilowatt hours

  • Sufficient electricity to power 72 average area homes per

Avoided greenhouse gases per year: 592 metric tons

  • Equivalent to removing 113 passenger vehicles from the road
  • Equivalent to avoiding 200 tons of landfill waste