Dominion Energy Solar for Students Program Expanding to South Carolina

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

As Dominion Energy dramatically expands its renewable energy infrastructure, it is increasing the number of sites for its Solar for Students program and expanding the initiative to South Carolina.

Sponsored by the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, the program offers K-12 students and educators a hands-on learning experience to generate electricity from a solar array installed on grounds accessible to students. Each participating organization will receive training sessions and curriculum on harnessing solar energy.

As owners of the nation’s fourth largest solar fleet among utility holding companies, Dominion Energy continues to search for ways to capitalize on renewable energy sources. The expansion of Solar for Students occurs as Dominion Energy is leading the country’s transition toward a clean energy future. Dominion Energy set a 2030 goal of reducing carbon emissions by 55 percent from 2005 levels and methane by 50 percent from 2010 levels.

The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is currently seeking applications from K-12 public schools or museums with STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) programming in South Carolina. The Foundation will select up to 10 schools or educational organizations to receive a 1.2 kilowatt photovoltaic system that converts sunlight into electric power. During the 2019-2020 school year, 18 sites participated in the program.

“With the fourth largest solar energy portfolio in the country, Dominion Energy is excited to expand our Solar for Students Program into South Carolina,” said Rodney Blevins, president and CEO of Dominion Energy Southeast Energy Group. “Environmental stewardship and education are two of Dominion Energy’s focus areas for support in the communities we serve. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to provide students and the public a unique, up-close and personal experience with clean, renewable solar energy.”

Dominion Energy will once again partner with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project. NEED supports Solar for Schools by providing technical support, installing the panels, preparing educational materials for students, and training the teachers.

Each solar array will have a visual display that will show students and faculty real-time data on the amount of electricity generated. Each solar array will generate enough electricity to power 18 desktop computers, 40 ten-gallon aquariums, or 15 42-inch LED televisions.

The company will accept applications for the Dominion Energy Solar for Schools program through Friday, Dec. 6, and select the recipients in January. Solar installations will take place during the 2020-2021 school year. Dominion Energy will sponsor a "Solarbration" at each location to kick off and showcase the project.