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Title: Virginia Solar Pathways Project 

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Funding OpportunitySolar Market Pathways
SunShot SubprogramSoft Costs
Location: Richmond, VA
Amount Awarded: $2,430,682
Awardee Cost Share: $610,721

Virginia Electric and Power Company is leading a broad-based team that includes representatives from state government, research institutions, environmental organizations, local communities, and solar businesses to develop sustainable models for solar deployment that will benefit Virginians and others throughout the Southeast. The project addresses the challenges and identifies the opportunities related to operational capabilities, systems impacts and economics, such as soft cost reduction, to lead the Southeast in the development of new utility-administered solar models that can be broadly implemented in many low-cost regulated environments. For more information on this award and the Solar Market Pathways program, visit their website

APPROACH

The team will develop sustainable models for solar deployment in Virginia and throughout the southeast. These models will be developed into a statewide utility-administered solar strategy reached through a collaborative, advisory process. The project team will assess Dominion’s existing solar programs for wider-scale deployment and perform technical engineering and business planning studies to identify solar photovoltaic integration impacts across the generation, transmission and distribution systems.

INNOVATION

Dominion Virginia Power is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy and has recently announced a goal to develop 400 megawatts of utility scale solar by 2020. In concert with several stakeholders, Dominion is seeking to discover new utility-administered solar models that can be broadly implemented in many low-cost regulated environments.