A solar roof will help a Richmond courthouse go green

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Springfield-based Versar Inc. has finished installing a 21,000-square-foot solar panel roof system on a Richmond courthouse, creating the largest self-contained solar photovoltaic system in the Richmond area.

In a joint venture with Johnson Controls Federal Systems, the general contractor installed a 500-solar panel roof on top of Spottswood W. Robinson III and Robert R. Merhige Jr. United States Courthouse. The roof system, which converts solar energy into electricity, covers 21,000 square feet, a substantial portion of the roof. The roof will help the courthouse reduce its fossil-fuel energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. The joint venture was awarded from the U.S. General Services Administration.

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