Dominion has been in the news a lot recently, having just agreed to purchase two utility-scale solar projects in California. Now Dominion Virginia Power is adding an additional site to its solar partnership program. The company has already added several rooftop installations, but this will be the first ground-mounted system to be installed under the program.
The installation will be located at Capital One’s Chester facility, and will be the first ground-mounted solar energy system in Central Virginia. The installation of nearly 2,500 panels is expected to generate 500 kW of electricity at peak, enough to power approximately 125 homes.
“We are pleased to partner with Capital One in expanding solar energy in the Commonwealth,” said Ken Barker, vice president of technical solutions at Dominion. “Dominion’s solar energy programs are even more viable when companies like Capital One demonstrate their full support for our renewable energy initiatives.”
“At Capital One, we understand that our success is invariably linked to the well-being of the communities we serve,” said Bobby Magnano, Capital One’s senior vice president of enterprise services. “We support the meaningful work Dominion is doing to expand the use of community-based solar energy throughout Virginia, and we are proud to serve as their partner in this effort. Environmental sustainability is, and will continue to be, an important aspect of our operations at Capital One.”
Governor Terry McAuliffe lent his support by saying, “My goal as governor is to build a new Virginia economy and invest in areas that will keep Virginia competitive in the 21st Century. That is why I support a comprehensive approach to meeting our state’s energy needs, which includes investments in solar energy and other alternative energy sources. When Virginia-based companies lead the way in clean energy, our economy and our communities benefit.”
This new facility will be the fourth major installation under Dominion’s solar partnership program, and will bring the total solar installed up to 1.87 MW. The program will eventually see up to 30 MW of Dominion-owned solar installed on leased spaces throughout Virginia.
PowerSecure, a North Carolina-based company with offices in Virginia, has been selected as the engineering, procurement, and construction company.