GLOUCESTER, Va. (AP) — Dominion Virginia Power announced plans Tuesday to install the largest roof solar system in the state in Gloucester.
The 2,000 solar panels will be installed on the rooftop of Canon Virginia Inc.'s Industrial Resource Technologies building, Virginia's largest utility said. The panels will generate more than 500 kilowatts of electricity, enough to power about 125 homes.
Power generated by the $2 million project will flow to the electric grid used by Dominion customers. Construction is scheduled to start this month and be fully operational in early 2014.
The solar panels will cover approximately 70,000 square feet, a little less than two acres.
The Canon project is part of Dominion's Solar Partnership Program and promotes community-based solar energy.
Under the partnership, Dominion 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, with a portfolio of approximately 27,000 megawatts of generation.
Dominion said the Canon solar array will top the 504-kilowatt solar installation atop the IKEA store in Dale City.
Dominion has about 2.3 million customers in Virginia.