Virginia has been one of the slowest states to invest in solar or have any meaningful amounts of solar energy go live on its grid - either utility scale (big) solar installations or community level solar. Earlier this week, Dominion Resources made a big announcement, but it barely received any press. You can read their release here:
Press Release - Dominion Virginia Power Planning Commonwealth of Virginia's First Large-Scale Solar Project
First, they are building a utility-scale project that will be a 125-acre solar project in Fauquier County hearing Remington containing 90,000 panels that can power 5,000 residences. This is a huge investment and a major commitment to renewable energy.
Second, they are also investing in community solar. This is something that I have been fighting for over the last three years. Current Virginia Law only allows Virginia homeowners to count the energy generated by a solar panel against their usage on a utility meter if it is connected to the system at their home - this is called "net metering." Therefore, if you don't own your roof - apartments, condominiums, and small businesses - you cannot purchase solar power. Also, if you live in an established community with significant tree cover - such as most communities near the Beltway - solar power just doesn't work. Here's how you solve that problem.