Virginia solar: University of Richmond project another nod to going green at home
In August, we wrote about the massive 500-megawatt solar farm being planned in Virginia’s Spotsylvania County, and that Microsoft would be the project’s largest customer. Recently, it was announced that the University of Richmond will join the tech giant in going solar, as it plans to purchase electricity from that solar installation that will account for 100 percent of its power needs.
The school notes that its power purchase agreement, known as Spider Solar, makes it the first institution of higher education in the Southeast to reach the 100 percent solar energy threshold. And not only will the school have solar accounting for all of its electricity needs, the school’s array will “replenish the electric grid with the same amount of renewable energy,” which is a fancy way of saying that all of the excess energy produced by the panels will go back to the grid, benefiting the state. In all, the project will cut the school’s greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 60 percent and is expected to go live in early 2020.
Solar energy is indeed alive and well in Virginia, with a Virginia Tech team entered in an international solar competition, and Virginia Wesleyan even making its own investment in solar. Those institutions of higher learning shaping the minds of future generations are also shaping how we think about energy usage.
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