Dominion Virginia Power Selects Old Dominion University For First Rooftop
Solar Power Installation
- First installation in newly approved 30-megawatt Solar Partnership Program
- 600-plus solar panels will generate enough electricity for 35 homes
NORFOLK, Va., May 2, 2013
NORFOLK, Va., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Dominion Virginia Power has selected
Old Dominion University to be the first participant in the company's Solar
Partnership Program. More than 600 solar panels will be installed this summer
on the roof of ODU's Student Recreation Center in the heart of the campus and
generate 132 kilowatts for the electric grid.
"This installation will pave the way for us to assess the benefits of solar
facilities on our electrical distribution system," said Ken Barker, Dominion
Virginia Power vice president-Customer Solutions. "This new program is already
encouraging the growth of solar energy in Virginia as many other customers
have contacted us and shown interest."
The Solar Partnership Program was approved by the Virginia State Corporation
Commission last November. Dominion will construct and operate up to 30
megawatts 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. Fully implemented, the program would generate
enough power for 7,500 homes. Each installation could generate as much as two
megawatts of electricity.
"When the program was announced last year, it was readily apparent that Old
Dominion University was a perfect fit for this innovative project," said ODU
President John R. Broderick. "Our Student Recreation Center is one of the
main hubs of activity on our campus and our university, as a whole, is a hub
of alternative energy research. This installation is yet another example of
ODU's leadership in the development of solar installations and ground-breaking
solar energy research."
The 132-kilowatt solar project should generate enough power during daylight
hours to supply the energy needs of approximately 35 homes. The project is
expected to be completed late this summer. Energy information from the
installation will be available at a lobby kiosk inside the Student Recreation
Center and in Kaufman Hall, ODU's engineering school.
Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary of Dominion (NYSE: D), one of the
nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of
approximately 27,500 megawatts of generation. Dominion operates one of the
nation's largest natural gas storage systems and serves retail energy
customers in 15 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the
company's website at www.dom.com.
Old Dominion University is Virginia's forward-focused research university for
students who want rigorous academics and an energetic residential community.
ODU's nationally recognized faculty challenge students to achieve their
highest goals.Engaging and relevant learning opportunities teach skills for
success. An entrepreneurial approach drives research and collaboration, and
the university contributes nearly $1 billion to the economy.
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