Image: UVA and the Darden School will purchase all of the energy output from a solar farm in King William County, similar to this Dominion-owned farm on the Eastern Shore, for a 25-year period. (Photo by Cameron Davidson)
The University of Virginia continues to expand its portfolio of carbon-free generation and achieve sustainability targets with another partnership announced today with Dominion Energy.
Under a 25-year agreement, the University will purchase the entire output of a proposed 15-MW solar facility in Middlesex County. The solar facility, developed by Coronal Energy, will be constructed and owned by Dominion Energy and will meet approximately 9 percent of the University’s electric demand.
The UVA Puller Solar facility joins the previously announced UVA Hollyfield Solar facility. In total, the two sites will have a capacity of 32 MW of solar energy and will offset about 21 percent of the University’s electric demand.
The solar facility will enable the University to reduce its carbon footprint by more than 15,000 metric tons a year, as well as reducing more than 19 metric tons of nitrogen, positioning UVA to meet key sustainability milestones. UVA has pledged to reduce its carbon and nitrogen footprints by 25 percent by the year 2025 below 2009 and 2010 levels, respectively. UVA is the first institution to calculate its nitrogen footprint and set a reduction goal, it said.
Dominion now has announced 421 MW AC of large-scale solar facilities in Virginia under development or already in operation.