A deal to build a 10-acre solar array in Frederick County has ended.

The city of Frederick and Shams Solar Energy Center will no longer move forward on a solar project and power purchase agreement, Calvert Energy President and CEO Brian Quinlan wrote in an email Tuesday.

Calvert Energy is the parent company of Shams Solar Energy Center.

The power purchase agreement would have allowed Shams Solar Energy Center to produce renewable energy for the grid that would be applied to city government buildings’ electric bills. The deal would have saved the city more than $3 million in electricity costs over 25 years.

The project was going to be constructed on property outside the city limits. The property is a 12-acre field owned by the Islamic Waqf of Maryland Inc., which owns mosques locally.

The board delayed voting on the proposal at its Dec. 1 meeting due to continued concerns about the contract’s language.

The city of Frederick put out a request for bids in October 2015 to purchase renewable energy, and Calvert Energy’s bid was selected.

The 2.4-megawatt system was designed to allow the city of Frederick to meet its energy goals set in the 2014 Renewable Energy Policy. Approximately 40 percent of the renewable energy goal is already met at the wastewater treatment plant, city Sustainability Manager Jenny Willoughby has said.

Follow Samantha Hogan on Twitter: @SAHogan.

Samantha Hogan is the state house, environment, agriculture and energy reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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Well there you have it. Mayor Bagel and the Board of Bagellettes don't even know how to save money and how to work their own policies they started 2 years ago.

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