Philip Morris gets 8,000 solar panels installed by Dominion Virginia Power

Philip Morris USA, an Altria company, is the latest company to partner with Dominion Virginia Power under the utility’s Solar Partnership Program.

Dominion is currently installing about 8,000 ground-mounted solar panels at the PM USA Park 500 facility on Bermuda Hundred Road in Chesterfield County. When completed, the 2,450 kW solar power array will generate enough electricity under optimum conditions to power 500 homes.

Dominion Virginia Power already has completed solar installations at the Canon Industrial Resource Technologies facility in Gloucester, Old Dominion University in Norfolk, and Virginia Union University and Capital One in Richmond. These renewable energy facilities and others under construction represent a total of 4.8 MW of solar generating capacity.

The PM USA solar project is part of Dominion Virginia Power's Solar Partnership Program in which Dominion leases rooftop or ground space at commercial, industrial or public facilities for the installation of solar panels. The program is designed to expand Dominion's understanding of community-based solar energy by studying its impact and assessing its benefits while supporting and encouraging solar energy growth in Virginia.

The energy generated by the solar panels is delivered to the power grid. Dominion is authorized to construct and operate up to 30 MW of company-owned solar facilities, enough to power up to 7,500 homes.

Standard Solar will be the engineering, procurement and construction company. Most of the work will be performed by local subcontractors.

In other solar initiatives, Dominion recently announced 400 MW of large-scale solar to be produced in the state by 2020. Pending SCC approval the first facility will be built in Fauquier County, Va., and will generate up to 20 MW. Dominion now has 744 MW of solar generating capacity in development, under construction, or in operation across seven states.

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