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New Rooftop Solar Facility Installed at VDOF Headquarters Building
August 1, 2019

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) has announced the installation of a new 120 kilowatt rooftop solar facility at the department’s headquarters building located in Charlottesville. The new solar facility is expected to offset energy usage and energy costs for the agency.

This project is one of five state agency projects that have received support through Virginia’s lead-by-example solar initiative. The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) has worked with state agencies to identify ways they can install solar facilities on their properties, and is administering the project.

“VDOF believes in leading by example, and we live this at our headquarters, the Garner Building in Charlottesville,” said State Forester Rob Farrell. “Our grounds provide a classroom for teaching proper tree care, as well as providing wildlife habitat, pollinator gardens, and a seedling nursery. Hosting this solar project is a natural extension of our commitment to sustainability and we are proud to be a part of the Governor’s solar initiative.”

The installation was funded using remaining dollars received from the U.S. Department of Energy under President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Sun Tribe Solar, a solar energy development company headquartered in Charlottesville, installed the new system at the VDOF headquarters.

“As a Virginia-based company, we’re proud of the fact that the Commonwealth is embracing a 21st century economy built on the foundation of clean, affordable energy,” said Devin Welch, Chief Strategy Officer of Sun Tribe Solar. “This project is proof that partners in both the public and private sectors are seeing the benefits of using solar to power Virginia’s growth.”

According to a statement released by Governor Ralph S. Northam’s office, “The Virginia Department of Forestry project is truly an innovative model that will enable our state agencies to produce clean energy on-site while reducing their utility bills,” said Governor Northam in response to the announcement. “As the demand for renewable energy increases, investments like this are important for our Commonwealth because they spur economic development and help to expand job opportunities in the fast-growing solar industry.”

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