Canon’s Gloucester Facility Soon to be Home to Virginia’s Largest Rooftop Solar Installation

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Canon Virginia‘s Industrial Resource Technologies (IRT) facility in Gloucester will soon be home to the state’s largest rooftop solar project. Dominion Virginia Power will install over 2,000 solar panels on the facility’s rooftop, which will generate more than 500kW of electricity, enough to power about 125 homes.

Canon Virginia’s Industrial Resource Technologies (IRT) facility in Gloucester will soon be home to the state’s largest rooftop solar project. Dominion Virginia Power will install over 2,000 solar panels on the facility’s rooftop, which will generate more than 500kW of electricity, enough to power about 125 homes. All the electricity generated in the $2 million Gloucester project will flow to the electric grid for use by Dominion Virginia Power customers.

PowerSecure (NYSE: POWR), a North Carolina-based company with offices in Virginia, has been selected for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the solar project. Construction is scheduled to start in December, and the system is expected to be fully operational in early 2014.

“Partnering with Dominion Virginia Power fortifies our strong environmental commitment,” said Toru Nishizawa, president and CEO of Canon Virginia and IRT. “IRT’s mission is not only to grow Canon’s product recycling efforts, but to also foster a recycling-orientated society, reduce our environmental impact through greater management efficiency, and embrace green technologies.” 

The project is part of Dominion’s Solar Partnership Program. In the program, Dominion will construct and operate up to 30MW 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. When fully implemented, the program will be able to generate enough power for 7,500 homes.

“The Solar Partnership Program is designed to expand Dominion’s understanding of community-based solar energy by studying its impact and assessing its benefits,” said Ken Barker, vice president of Customer Solutions and Energy Conservation. “The Canon project is our largest installation to date and will enable us to evaluate the benefits of distributed generation on our system.”