Dominion Virginia Power is seeking to launch a solar energy program where the power company would lease the rooftops and grounds of commercial businesses and public facilities to install solar panels.
The panels would generate enough electricity to power about 6,000 homes during peak daylight hours, according to Dominion, which is based in Richmond. The company would use the test to study the impact and benefits of community-based solar energy.
The company is seeking permission to launch the project from the State Corporation Commission.
“To successfully implement solar energy projects, we have to understand how community-based solar energy will integrate in our existing distribution system,“ Kenneth D. Barker, vice president-Customer Solutions and Energy Conservation, said in a statement.
The company plans to install solar panels at 30 to 50 sites within its service area. At least four of the sites would be located in community buildings.
Participants would be paid for the leasing the space. A monitor would display information about the installation’s output.
Dominion would own and operate the solar panels as generation facilities after the site had been operating for five years.
Throughout the program, the company would report the study results of each project to the commission annually. The company would continue to own and operate the solar panels as generation facilities after a site has been operating for five years.