Dominion shooting for 30 more solar installations
Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) and Old Dominion University (ODU) have dedicated a new solar installation on the roof of ODU's Student Recreation Center -- the first installation of its kind in the Hampton Roads area. ODU was one of the first participants in the DVP's Solar Partnership Program under which Dominion builds and operates solar facilities on leased rooftops.
The solar roof at Old Dominion University. Credit: Dominion Virginia Power
"ODU is a good fit for this program as it continues to pave the way for alternative energy research at the university level in the commonwealth. This project will undoubtedly provide both community and educational benefits," said Ken Barker, vice president of Customer Solutions at Dominion. "Our new program allows us to integrate solar power into our diverse mix of resources to ensure reliable electricity. Solar energy will be a source of generation moving forward."
More than 600 solar panels were installed on the roof and will generate about 125 kW of electricity during daylight hours.
Over the next several years, Dominion hopes to add 20 to 30 new solar installations. The Solar Partnership Program was approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission in November 2012. Under the program, Dominion will construct and operate up to 30 MW of company-owned solar facilities on leased rooftops or on the grounds of commercial businesses and public properties throughout the company's Virginia service area.
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Dominion expands solar footprint