Dominion Virginia Power is adding a site to its solar partnership program by installing 240 rooftop PV panels at Virginia Union University’s Thomas H. Henderson Center. The system will be capable of generating about 70 kW of electricity – enough to power nearly 18 homes. The Henderson Center serves as the central hub for student activities at the university.
“Dominion Virginia Power is making important strides in the solar energy arena,” said Ken Barker, vice president of customer solutions. “Businesses and educational institutions in the state, such as Virginia Union University, have shown they are as dedicated to the development of renewable energy as we are. We are thankful for their support and enthusiasm.”
The installation at Virginia Union University is considered a demonstration site under Dominion’s solar partnership program. These demonstration sites are located at strategically selected locations that offer community benefits primarily by providing opportunities for customer outreach and education about solar technologies.
“Dominion has been an outstanding corporate partner to Virginia Union University for many years,” said Dr. Claude G. Perkins, president and CEO of Virginia Union. “We are excited to take part in the Solar Partnership Program and look forward to additional opportunities to advance the university’s sustainability efforts.”
Electricity generated from the solar panels will flow to the electric grid for use by Dominion Virginia Power customers. Construction has begun, and the panels are expected to be fully installed and operational by October.
Dominion’s solar partnership program is authorized to 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 service area. When fully implemented, the program will generate enough power for up to 7,500 homes. Dominion has already completed roof solar installations at the Canon Industrial Resource Technologies facility in Gloucester and at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.