Dominion Virginia Power, a subsidiary of Dominion (NYSE: D), announced that it will install more than 2,000 solar panels on the rooftop of a Canon Virginia Inc. facility in Gloucester, VA.
The $2 million project will produce more than 500 kilowatts of electricity, and will be the largest rooftop solar project in Virginia.
All of the electricity generated from the project will flow to nearby Dominion Virginia Power customers, and will fulfill the power consumption needs of around 125 homes.
The facility in question is Canon‚Äôs Industrial Resource Technologies (IRT) unit.
Toru Nishizawa, president and CEO of Canon Virginia and IRT, said their mission was not only to grow Canon‚Äôs product recycling efforts, but also to embrace green technologies, foster a recycling-oriented society, and reduce the company‚Äôs environmental impact through greater management efficiency.
The Canon project is part of the Solar Partnership Program, under which Dominion Virginia is leasing rooftop or ground-level space at public, industrial and commercial facilities for installing solar panels.
Dominion Virginia has set a target of reaching 30MW of renewable energy¬†capacity through solar facilities on leased space under this program. This means they will be generating enough power under this program for around 7,500 homes.
Kenneth D. Barker, vice president of Customer Solutions and Energy Conservation, Dominion Virginia Power, said the Solar Partnership Program was designed to expand the company’s understanding of community-based solar energy through a study of its impact and assessment of the benefits.
He said the Canon project was their largest installation to-date, and would enable them to evaluate the benefits of distributed generation on the Dominion Virginia Power system.
The Gloucester Economic Development Authority (EDA) owns the building in which the Canon IRT facility is housed. The EDA worked closely on this project with Canon Virginia, Dominion Virginia Power and Branch Banking and Trust.
Gloucester EDA Chairman David N. Meeker said they were always on the lookout for ways to help businesses work more effectively and produce benefits for Gloucester residents. He said the EDA endeavors to assist all businesses in the county to grow and adopt new processes and technologies that help them be successful.
Construction on the project will begin this month, and the solar panels are expected to be installed and operational early next year.