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Three New Solar Power Systems Installed at State Facilities
August 12, 2019

In keeping with Governor Ralph S. Northam’s announcement in late 2018 regarding the planned installation of solar energy systems at several state facilities, notification of the completed installation of three new solar energy projects has been issued. Following the recent completion of a new solar facility at the Department of Forestry’s headquarters in Charlottesville, onsite solar power systems have been installed at the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy office in Big Stone Gap, the Virginia Public Safety Training Center in Hanover County, and the Haynesville Correctional Center in Richmond County on Virginia’s Northern Neck.

The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) provided technical and procurement assistance to the agencies. The three projects, installed by Charlottesville-based Sun Tribe Solar, include a 140 kilowatt (kW) roof-mounted system at DMME’s Big Stone Gap office that will offset half of the office’s energy needs, a 300 kW ground-mounted system at the Virginia Public Safety Training Center in Hanover that will offset 26 percent of the campus’s energy needs, and a 660 kW ground-mounted system at the Haynesville Correctional Center that will offset 16 percent of the facility’s energy needs.

According to a statement released by Governor Northam’s office, the Governor remarked that “by offsetting the energy needs of our state agencies, Virginia is truly leading by example and deploying renewable energy where it will both reduce costs and create new jobs. Solar energy is a rapidly growing segment of our economy, and I am proud that the Commonwealth is playing a role in driving this demand and taking advantage of the benefits that this resource provides.”

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