UVA Hollyfield and UVA Puller Solar
Dominion Energy, the University of Virginia and its Darden School of Business have entered into an innovative solar power partnership. Under the agreement, the University and Darden will purchase the entire output of electricity produced at a new, 160-acre solar facility in King William County for the next 25 years.
The UVA Hollyfield Solar project - owned by Dominion Energy, who will construct and operate it - is expected to produce an estimated 17-megawatts of alternating current, a figure representing about 12 percent of the University’s electric demand. The Darden School, as a participant in the partnership, will assume responsibility for about 25 percent of the electricity production, which will enable the school to achieve its long-term zero-carbon goal.
Dominion Energy acquired the Hollyfield Solar Project as a development asset. The facility will feature approximately 65,000 solar panels, enough to power about 4,250 homes at peak output. Subject to regulatory approval, construction is slated to start in late 2017, with commercial operations occurring by the end of 2018.
Dominion Energy announced it has also acquired the UVA Puller Solar Facility as a development asset. The facility will feature approximately 58,800 solar panels, enough to power about 3,750 homes at peak output. Construction is slated to start in late 2017, with commercial operations occurring by the end of 2018.
Under a 25-year agreement, the University will purchase the entire output of a proposed 120-acre solar facility in Middlesex County. The solar facility will be constructed and owned by Dominion Energy and will produce an estimated 15 megawatts of alternating current, or about 9 percent of the University's electric demand.
In total, the two sites will produce 32 megawatts of solar energy and will offset about 21 percent of the University's electric demand.