State installing new solar panels in C'ville, Hanover, Haynesville

January 5, 2019

New, solar energy systems will be installed at three state agency facilities, beginning in February and ending in March.

 

Charlottesville-based, Sun Tribe Solar, submitted the winning bid to install solar energy systems at:

 

The Virginia Department of Forestry headquarters, in Charlottesville.

 

The Virginia Public Safety Training Center, in Hanover.

 

The Haynesville Correctional Center, on Virginia’s Northern Neck.

 

Collectively, the solar projects represent over 1.3 megawatts of solar deployment.

 

The Virginia Department of Forestry's project will supply approximately 16 percent of its building’s electrical power needs, the Public Safety Training Center project which will supply approximately 26 percent of the electricity used at the center, and, the Haynesville Correctional System will supply approximately 16 percent of the correctional center’s electric needs.​

 

 

 

All three systems will be built from components manufactured in the United States, according to state officials.

 

“These projects deliver on the governor’s promise of growing clean energy jobs in the Commonwealth,” said Sun Tribe Solar Chief Technology Officer Taylor Brown. “Across Virginia, solar is going to work to save taxpayer dollars. We’re looking forward to working with the Commonwealth, on these and hopefully future solar energy projects, to help Virginia meet its clean energy goals.”

 

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) requested bids for these projects and worked with a program team to design and engineer the solar projects.

 

 

 

“These on-site solar projects open up market opportunities for private solar installation companies, while providing the Commonwealth with behind-the-meter generation to significantly reduce agency energy bills,” said DMME Director John Warren.

 

Installations in Hanover and Haynesville require additional lead time and will begin in April, with completion expected in May.

 

“As the price of solar installations continues to drop, Virginia’s solar industry has experienced a rapid expansion,” said Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. “These solar projects will help our state agencies reduce their energy costs, while transitioning toward more renewable energy deployment, which is an important goal of my administration.”

 

The Virginia Department of Forestry's project will supply approximately 16 percent of its building’s electrical power needs, the Public Safety Training Center project which will supply approximately 26 percent of the electricity used at the center, and, the Haynesville Correctional System will supply approximately 16 percent of the correctional center’s electric needs.​

 

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