Dominion Virginia Power encourages greater use of solar energy among residents

Thursday, June 7, 2012 @ 10:06 AM
posted by rene5432

Dominion Virginia Power announced in May that it had progressed further in its efforts to add more solar energy to its electric grid by offering a new rate to energy customers who sell energy collected by their personal solar installations back to the company.

The company proposed the offer to the Virginia State Corporation Commission, hoping to purchase solar-generated power from residential customers at 15 cents per kilowatt-hour during a five-year period. The company would cap the project at 3,000 kilowatts, while the average residential solar installation in Virginia produced 4 kilowatts.

"We know this program will be a success based on conversations with our existing customers who have already installed solar panels and other customers who have been discussing this option with us," said Ken D. Barker, vice president of Customer Solutions and Energy Conservation. "Our Green Power customers also have been asking us to tie their voluntary participation and payments to green energy in Virginia. So this is a win-win for everyone."

Currently, about 14,000 of the company's customers are enrolled in its Green Power Program, which allows either all or a portion of their electricity to come from green energy sources for a slightly higher electricity rate. 

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