The Solar Partnership Program is a multi-year pilot program in which Dominion Energy will construct and operate up to 30-megawatts of company-owned solar facilities on leased rooftops or on the grounds of commercial businesses and public properties throughout the company's Virginia service area.
Why does Dominion Energy have the Solar Partnership Program?
This multi-year pilot program is designed to expand Dominion Energy’s understanding of community-based solar energy by studying its impact and assessing its benefits. The company would like to:
Gain knowledge and experience operating solar distributed generation.
Identify optimal sites to understand how solar energy will integrate with our distribution system.
Encourage and support the growth of solar energy in Virginia.
Partner with interested customers in utility-owned generation projects.
How much energy can be generated through this program?
Up to 30-megawatts of company-owned solar will be constructed through this program. Fully implemented, the program could generate enough power for up to 7,500 homes. Each installation could generate as much as two megawatts of electricity.
Commercial businesses and public properties throughout our Virginia service area with large amounts of roof or ground space available for lease under terms mutually agreeable with Dominion Energy were considered. Preferred locations included large, flat rooftops on secure commercial facilities with close proximity to existing Dominion Energy infrastructure.
We determined which sites were best suited for the program using a variety of selection criteria including:
Roof age and remaining life
Roof composition and condition
Roof warranty provisions
Adequate sun intensity for solar generation
How can I participate?
Dominion Energy is not currently accepting applications for the Solar Partnership Program.
Do participants receive the electricity generated on their roof and/or receive free energy as compensation for participating?
The generated electricity is owned by Dominion Energy and flows back to the grid. We provide a lease payment in order to install the solar generation on the customer’s property. Participating customers continue to receive electric service under their existing terms of service with Dominion Energy.
Will I be able to decide where the solar panels will be placed?
Dominion Energy and its engineering consultants will select the proposed locations for a solar system to optimize energy output and to achieve cost effective installations but we will do our best to work with requests by program participants.
What happens if the property is sold?
The lease will be transferred to the new owner and the solar generator will continue to operate.
Who owns the solar system once the program and lease ends?
Dominion Energy plans to retire and remove the solar generator, or upon acceptable terms with the property owner and Dominion Energy, the property owner may purchase the system from Dominion Energy for a negotiated price at the end of the long-term lease.
Why is Dominion Energy investing in solar systems?
We use a mix of fuels to generate electricity for customers and we are making significant investments in a variety of renewable energy sources to add to our generating capacity. This includes the Solar Partnership Program.
What are some advantages of solar energy?
Solar energy is powered by the renewable energy of the sun. Because solar systems do not burn fuel and have very few moving parts, they are clean, quiet, and produce no emissions or greenhouse gases. Power is produced at the site, and may be found to reduce the need for additional distribution infrastructure improvements.
What are some disadvantages of solar energy?
Solar systems have high upfront costs and capacity factors are typically lower than other generation sources. This means energy is only produced when the sun shines with intensity great enough to produce electric power rather than around the clock like other conventional forms of generation.
Is this program the same as net metering, the Solar Purchase Program or other customer-owned generation?
No. This program is specifically for Dominion Energy-owned and operated solar facilities. The net metering program is customer-owned and operated, with renewable energy being used at the generation site. The Solar Purchase Program is customer-owned and operated but under this program, Dominion Energy purchases the solar energy and associated Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from participating customers at a premium rate of 15 cents per kilowatt-hour. Participating customers continue to purchase all of their electricity from us on their current rate schedule.