Brightsuite Solar, Solar Tribe putting in solar programs at 21 Virginia colleges

Brightsuite Solar, Sun Tribe installing solar systems at 21 Virginia schools

Twenty-one schools across Virginia are reducing their carbon footprint by operating on solar energy through a partnership between Dominion Energy subsidiary BrightSuite Solar and Sun Tribe.

The solar systems at schools in Arlington, Fluvanna, Hanover, King William, Newport News, Powhatan and Virginia Beach will be installed in collaboration with Sun Tribe and will generate a total of more than 11 MW of solar energy at peak power.

Installed either on school buildings or on the ground on school grounds, solar panels provide renewable energy to meet some of the schools’ energy needs while lowering their electricity bills through the Commonwealth’s Net Metering program with funding provided by BrightSuite.

“We are excited to be working with these schools to help them meet their renewable energy goals by reducing their carbon footprint and achieving long-term cost savings,” said Todd Headlee, director of customer energy solutions for Dominion Energy. “We know schools, municipalities and businesses are looking for renewable and sustainable energy options. BrightSuite Solar helps customers find the solution that works best for them. “

As part of the power purchase agreements, the school departments do not pay any upfront costs and receive long-term security and savings in energy costs. Students and educators get access to educational programs that use their solar systems. They introduce the Commonwealth’s youngest learners to basic scientific concepts, expand access to STEM and raise awareness of renewable career paths.

“It’s clear why solar is so popular: These projects prove that a better, cleaner future is possible for every community in Virginia when we work together,” said Devin Welch, CEO of Sun Tribe Solar. “At a time when education leaders across the Commonwealth are facing significant budget constraints while looking for creative ways to connect with their students, more and more school departments are taking advantage of this opportunity to save money while learning real-life science to bring into the classroom. ”

Schools with ongoing projects include:

Since 2019, BrightSuite Solar has been helping companies and governments achieve their sustainability goals by providing customers with cost-effective renewable energy solutions. By combining Dominion Energy’s industry expertise and commitment to a cleaner energy future with a select network of solar companies in Virginia, BrightSuite Solar offers customers turnkey solar solutions with no upfront costs.

BrightSuite Solar provides guidance throughout the process, including navigating through power purchase agreements (if applicable), design, financing, installation and interconnection.

With these 21 locations, Dominion Energy has now installed solar panels in 48 Virginia schools, both through BrightSuite Solar and the Solar for Students educational program.

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