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Dominion Virginia Power has selected Old Dominion University (ODU) to be the first participant in the company's Solar Partnership Program. More than 600 solar panels will be installed this summer on the roof of ODU's Student Recreation Center and generate 132 kW for the electric grid.

"This installation will pave the way for us to assess the benefits of solar facilities on our electrical distribution system," says Ken Barker, Dominion Virginia Power vice president of customer solutions. "This new program is already encouraging the growth of solar energy in Virginia as many other customers have contacted us and shown interest."

The Solar Partnership Program was approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission last November. Dominion will construct and operate up to 30 MW of company-owned solar facilities on leased rooftops or on the grounds of commercial businesses and public properties throughout the company's Virginia service area.

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