Middlesex County Public Schools

100% Solar 4.5MW
Middlesex County Public Schools

100% Solar 4.5MW

About Green Applications

Green Applications is one of the largest printers and distributors of textile merchandise and heat applied graphics on the East Coast. The company opened its Orange County, VA location in 2014, creating more than 300 new jobs for the area. With environmental sustainability as one of its core values, Green Applications had always planned to incorporate renewable energy into the facility. Dave Kilgore, COO of Green Applications explains their philosophy: “We started our operations in Orange County by making a commitment to this community to make a positive impact. That meant creating jobs and being a responsible neighbor with respect to the environment. Working with Sun Tribe Solar, we were able to find a way to do that by incorporating solar, which also saves us money in utility costs.”

New Legislation

One of the most exciting developments during March was early on in the month when Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law the Grid Transformation and Security Act (Senate Bill 966). The bill meant some big changes for Virginia’s two biggest utility companies, but the impact on solar development and energy efficiency efforts in the Commonwealth were what caught our attention the most. Here are some of the highlights:

  • 5,000MW of renewable energy is deemed “in the public interest.” This is 10x the amount previously declared in two 2015 bills.
  • 50MW of rooftop solar is deemed “in the public interest,” and up to 16MW of offshore wind declared “in the public interest.”
  • 25% of utility solar and wind procurement must be third-party owned (Power Purchase Agreements)
  • Investments by the utilities in undergrounding distribution power lines may not be more than 50% of total aggregate investment in solar, wind, efficiency, grid modernization, physical security, and undergrounding.
  • Requires a Phase I utility (APCo) to spend $140 million on energy efficiency and a Phase II utility (Dominion) to spend $870 million on energy efficiency by July 1, 2028.

There is a lot more to this bill affecting utility rates and regulations, but for the bullets listed above, and I quote my colleague Devin Welch here, “The commitments to renewable energy included in this bill will catapult Virginia to the forefront of the clean energy movement and position the Commonwealth as the most active state in the nation for new solar development.”

The Project

Green Applications partnered with Sun Tribe Solar to find the optimal solution for both their sustainability and financial goals. Working with the VirginiaSAVES™ program, Sun Tribe Solar was able to secure investors to move the project forward as a Power Purchase Agreement, meaning no upfront capital was required by Green Applications. The business will only pay for the power produced by the solar array, which is at a lower rate than the utilities. The system consists of over 2,500 panels and will provide almost 50% of the facility’s energy usage. Green Applications partnered with Sun Tribe Solar to find the optimal solution for both their sustainability and financial goals. Working with the VirginiaSAVES™ program, Sun Tribe Solar was able to secure investors to move the project forward as a Power Purchase Agreement, meaning no upfront capital was required by Green Applications. The business will only pay for the power produced by the solar array, which is at a lower rate than the utilities. The system consists of over 2,500 panels and will provide almost 50% of the facility’s energy usage.Green Applications partnered with Sun Tribe Solar to find the optimal solution for both their sustainability and financial goals. Working with the VirginiaSAVES™ program, Sun Tribe Solar was able to secure investors to move the project forward as a Power Purchase Agreement, meaning no upfront capital was required by Green Applications. The business will only pay for the power produced by the solar array, which is at a lower rate than the utilities. The system consists of over 2,500 panels and will provide almost 50% of the facility’s energy usage.

Green Applications partnered with Sun Tribe Solar to find the optimal solution for both their sustainability and financial goals. Working with the VirginiaSAVES™ program, Sun Tribe Solar was able to secure investors to move the project forward as a Power Purchase Agreement, meaning no upfront capital was required by Green Applications. The business will only pay for the power produced by the solar array, which is at a lower rate than the utilities. The system consists of over 2,500 panels and will provide almost 50% of the facility’s energy usage.