Prologis Concorde Distribution Center Becomes Home to Virginia’s Largest Rooftop Solar Installation

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Dominion Virginia Power adds the largest rooftop solar installation in Virginia to its growing portfolio. The 800 kW installation is part of its solar partnership portfolio, which when completed will see up to 30 MW installed throughout the company’s service area.

Dominion Virginia Power will install more than 3,000 solar panels with a capacity of over 800 kW – enough to power nearly 200 homes – at the Prologis Concorde Distribution Center in Sterling, Virginia. The panels will be installed on the rooftops of two adjacent buildings on the distribution center’s campus and will cover nearly 102,000 square feet.

“Our customers in Northern Virginia are focused on renewable energy and this installation reflects Dominion’s commitment to understanding how solar power can fit into our generation mix,” said Ken Barker, vice president of Customer Solutions. “The partnership with Prologis will enable us to evaluate the benefits and study the impact of distributed solar generation on our electric grid.”

The electricity generated in the $2.5 million project will flow to the electric grid for use by Dominion Virginia Power customers. Construction is scheduled to begin in July, with the panels expected to be fully installed and operational in October. PowerSecure (NYSE: POWR), a North Carolina-based company with offices in Virginia, has been selected as the engineering, procurement, and construction company.

This installation is the first northern Virginia project in Dominion’s solar partnership program, where the company leases rooftop or ground space at commercial, industrial, or public facilities for installation of solar panels. This is the same partnership program that is responsible for putting Virginia on the list of hidden markets for solar.

The project is also the largest rooftop solar installation to date in the state.

Dominion’s solar partnership program will construct and operate up to 30 MW of company-owned solar facilities throughout their service areas. When fully implemented, the program will generate enough power for up to 7,500 homes. Dominion has already completed rooftop solar installations at the Canon Industrial Resource Technologies facility in Gloucester and at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.