Dominion to capture the sun

Virginia Electric and Power Company (Dominion Virginia Power), is requesting approval of a rezoning of 40.8 acres to permit a solar power generation plant.

The solar array and ancillary machinery is proposed to be located at 4100 Bermuda Hundred Rd.

According to the Virginia Dominion website, the energy company’s goal is to provide customers with opportunities to support renewable energy and its development.

The company has developed a Solar Partnership Program and has announced its first two program participants – Old Dominion University and Canon, Inc., who will help evaluate the impact and benefits of on-site solar generation.

The company is planning to received regulatory approval to offer business/industrial customers the option to purchase power from renewable energy sources.

Dominions Green Power Program® has had a 33 percent growth in customer participation, from 15,000 in 2012 to 20,000 in 2013. The program places solar panel on commercial and public roofs. The company touts its project to build more than 3,000 solar panels atop two buildings in Sterling, Va.

The project will produce enough energy to power nearly 200 homes.

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