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Standard Solar Installs Largest Rooftop Array in Virginia; Dominion Virginia Power Project on Public High School Rooftop

Standard Solar, Inc., a leading solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of solar electric systems nationwide, has completed the installation of a 1 MW (dc) rooftop solar array at Western Branch High School in Chesapeake, Va.

0The 3,200-panel array’s output will exceed 1,330 MWh/year and will offset 918 metric tons of carbon (the equivalent of one year’s electricity use for 200 typical homes). The project is currently the largest single rooftop array in Virginia. Dominion Virginia Power financed and developed the project under the Dominion Solar Partnership Program; Standard Solar installed the array.

“We commend Dominion Virginia Power and Chesapeake Public Schools on their commitment to solar energy making this groundbreaking project possible,” said Tony Clifford, Standard Solar’s CEO. “We were excited at the prospect of powering public education with the state’s largest rooftop array and working with Dominion Virginia Power on this project.”

“This solar array marks an important step in our journey to a cleaner energy future, and Chesapeake Public Schools should be proud of its leadership in that effort,” said Robert M. Blue, president of Dominion Virginia Power. “It extends beyond the power of the sun to an even more important resource – brainpower that will come from both the teachers and students of Western Branch High School.”

Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary of Dominion, one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy. It provides energy or products and services to more than five million customers in 14 states.

Students, teachers, local officials, and community leaders attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, April 27 to learn more about the solar system and how the output will transfer to the energy grid as sunlight is converted into electric power.

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