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Dominion Energy Announces Solar Energy Project With UVA

​The University of Virginia (UVA), in partnership with Dominion Energy and Coronal Energy, is setting an example in sustainability. UVA will purchase the output of a planned 120-acre solar energy facility that was developed by Coronal Energy and that will be built and owned by Dominion Energy.

The UVA Puller Solar facility will produce 15 megawatts of alternating current -- enough to power 9 percent of the University’s electric demand. This project has caught the eye of many, including the Governor of Virginia.

“Once again UVA is providing public sector leadership on carbon emission reductions and renewable power generation in Virginia," Governor Terry McAuliffe said. "This project…now means we are nearly halfway to achieving the eight percent renewable procurement goal I set out in 2015. I look forward to working with other public universities to follow UVA's lead and power their educational operations with renewable energy."

UVA recently invested heavily in its sustainability goals. Starting in the spring of 2016, the University started to institute a five-year Sustainability Plan. This plan “compiles new ideas…while building upon the University’s many existing initiatives, documents and accomplishments to continue to advance sustainability.”

Patrick Hogan, UVA’s executive VP and COO, is happy to advocate for the numerous eco-friendly programs that have been initiated on and around campus.

"Expanding renewable, solar energy in the mix of options the University of Virginia is using will make even bigger strides in our efforts to be efficient, green and sustainable," Hogan said. "The University is pleased to be working with Dominion Energy in yet another venture."

Among other things, the facility will reduce the University’s carbon footprint by 15,000 metric tons per year. Additionally, the facility addresses nitrogen pollution, reducing campus emissions by 19 metric tons. When construction is finished in late 2018, the facility will feature around 58,800 solar panels – enough to power almost 4,000 homes at peak output.