US spice maker McCormick & Co has signed an agreement with Constellation Energy's Projects & Services Group to construct a solar power system at the company's Hunt Valley, Maryland distribution centre.

Constellation Energy, a subsidiary of Constellation Energy's Projects & Services Group, will construct the one-megawatt system at McCormick's spice mill and distribution warehouse, the company's largest milling and grinding facility.

McCormick will purchase the electricity generated from the system under a 20-year power purchase agreement. It is estimated that the project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 1,000 metric tons annually and reduce the company's electricity costs for this facility by around 30% in the first year.

"This solar power system is another tangible sign of our commitment to sustainability," said Alan Wilson, McCormick's president & CEO. "The project will allow us to both reduce our energy costs while providing renewable energy to Maryland electricity customers. It is a win-win for the environment and our company. More than ever, businesses must be mindful of community impact."

The installation will feature around 80,000 sq ft of thin-film solar material, which is expected to generate 500 kilowatts of electricity. An additional 500 kilowatts of electricity is expected to be generated by approximately 2,800 solar world 175 watt crystalline solar panels.