Solar power system dedicated
The project, which includes more than 2,000 solar panels, sends power to the regional electricity grid—enough for about 125 homes, said Ken Barker, Dominion’s vice president of customer solutions and energy conservation.
Barker said the local project, mounted above the roof of the Canon Environmental Technologies toner cartridge recycling plant in the Gloucester Business Park, was built as part of Dominion’s $83 million plan to install solar systems for 30-40 businesses throughout the state within the next several years. The Gloucester project cost $1.8 million.
The project is part of Dominion’s Solar Partnership Program, in which the utility leases rooftop or ground space at commercial, industrial or public facilities for installation of solar panels, said Dominion spokesperson Daisy Pridgen. When fully operational, she said the panels at the Gloucester facility will generate more than 500 kilowatts of electricity.
“The Solar Partnership Program is designed to expand Dominion’s understanding of community-based solar energy by studying its impact and assessing its benefits,” Barker said. “The Canon project is our largest installation to date and will enable us to evaluate the benefits of distributed generation on our system.”
Dominion spokesperson Bonita Harris said that distributed generation is the production of electricity at or near the point of consumption. All the electricity at the local plant, formerly known as Industrial Resource Technologies, will flow to the multi-state regional electric grid for use by Dominion Virginia Power.
An inverter at the White Marsh plant converts current from DC to AC, which can then be used by the regional grid, said a representative of PowerSecure, the company that installed the solar power system at White Marsh.