Dominion Virginia Power has installed 240 photovoltaic panels on the rooftop of Virginia Union University's (VUU) Thomas H. Henderson Center. The system will have a generating capacity of about 70 kW.
North Carolina-based PowerSecure is providing engineering, procurement and construction services on the project. The panels are expected to be fully installed and operational by October. Electricity generated from the project will flow to the electric grid for use by Dominion Virginia Power customers.
The installation at VUU is considered a demonstration site under Dominion's Solar Partnership Program. The utility selects such sites to emphasize community outreach and education opportunities with regard to solar technologies.
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.
‘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,’ says Ken Barker, vice president of customer solutions at Dominion Virgina Power.