The Northern Virginia-based Dominion Virginia Power is planning on building the largest rooftop solar panel installation in the entire state. The new project will be created on a distribution center in Sterling, with construction expected to start sometime by the end of the year.
The new installation will consist of 3,000 solar panels that will be able to generate more than 800 kilowatts of electricity annually. It will be built on top of the Prologis Concorde Distribution Center. They will be able to provide enough electricity to power nearly 200 homes across the area.
The panels will be put in two adjacent buildings on the Prologis site, covering just over 100,000 square feet of rooftop space. The project will cost $2.5 million and will flow to the electrical grid that is used by all Dominion Virginia Power customers. It's the state's largest utility provider, serving over 2.4 million people.
The new Prologis solar panel installation is the first Northern Virginia project in Dominion's Solar Partnership Program. With this program, the company leases rooftop space from commercial, public and industrial spaces for the sole purpose of putting in new solar panels that will serve a portion of the state.
"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," Ken Barker, the company's vice president of customer solutions, said in a public statement at the beginning of last week.
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