Dominion Virginia Power opens solar power center Virginia

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Dominion Virginia Power continues to add megawatts to its Solar Partnership Program by installing 240 photovoltaic panels on the rooftop of Virginia Union University's Thomas H. Henderson Center.

The solar power system will be capable of generating about 70 kW of renewable energy — enough to power nearly 18 homes. The Henderson Center serves as the central hub for student activities at the university.

The installation at Virginia Union University is considered a demonstration site under Dominion's Solar Partnership Program. Demonstration sites are strategically selected locations that offer community benefits by providing opportunities for customer outreach and education of solar technologies.

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.

PowerSecure (POWR), a North Carolina-based company with offices in Virginia, has been selected as the engineering, procurement and construction company.

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.

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