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Dominion Energy, BrightSuite, Sun Tribe bring solar to 21 Virginia schools

Dominion EnergyTwenty-one schools across Virginia are reducing their carbon footprints by powering their operations with solar energy through a partnership between BrightSuite Solar, a subsidiary of Dominion Energy, and Sun Tribe.

This partnership brings together two of Virginia’s leading renewable energy companies and their expertise in financing and installation to help school divisions meet their clean energy goals.

The solar arrays at schools in Arlington, Fluvanna, Hanover, King William, Newport News, Powhatan and Virginia Beach are being installed in partnership with Sun Tribe, and in total will generate more than 11 megawatts of solar energy at peak output.

Solar panels are installed either atop school buildings or ground-mounted on school property and provide renewable energy to fulfill a portion of the energy supply needs of the schools while reducing their electric utility bills through the Commonwealth’s net metering program using financing provided by BrightSuite. Under the power purchase agreements, the school divisions pay no upfront cost and receive long term energy cost certainty and savings. Students and educators will have access to educational programming that utilizes their solar systems – introducing the Commonwealth’s youngest learners to foundational scientific concepts, broadening access to STEM, and raising awareness about renewable career pathways.

“We are very excited to be able to partner with these schools to help them meet their renewable energy goals by lowering their carbon footprint and providing long-term cost savings,” said Todd Headlee, Director of Customer Energy Solutions, Dominion Energy. “We know schools, municipalities, and businesses are looking for renewable and sustainable energy options, and BrightSuite Solar is here to help customers find the solution that works best for them.”

“It’s clear why there’s so much demand for solar: these projects prove that a brighter, cleaner future for every community in Virginia is possible when we work together,” said Devin Welch, CEO of Sun Tribe Solar. “At a moment when educational leaders throughout the Commonwealth are grappling with significant budget challenges while also looking for creative ways to engage with their students, more and more school divisions are embracing this opportunity to save money while bringing real-life science into the classroom.”

The schools with projects currently underway include:

School City/County Capacity (KW DC) System
Alice West Fleet Elementary School Arlington 582 Rooftop
Carysbrook Elementary School Fluvanna 582 Ground-mount
Central Elementary School Fluvanna 192 Rooftop
Fluvanna County High School Fluvanna 1090 Rooftop
Fluvanna Middle School Fluvanna 1063 Ground-mount
West Central Primary School Fluvanna 410 Ground-mount
Cool Spring Elementary School Hanover 267 Rooftop
Hanover High School Hanover 563 Rooftop
Laurel Meadow Elementary School Hanover 356 Rooftop
Oak Knoll Middle School Hanover 667 Rooftop
Acquinton Elementary School King William 848 Ground-mount
Cool Springs Primary School King William 665 Ground-mount
Gatewood P.E.E.P Newport News 214 Rooftop
Flat Rock Elementary School Powhatan 251 Rooftop
Pocahontas Elementary School Powhatan 401 Rooftop
Powhatan Elementary School Powhatan 450 Rooftop
Powhatan Middle School Powhatan 511 Rooftop
Ocean Lakes Elementary School Virginia Beach 412 Rooftop
Princess Anne Middle School Virginia Beach 701 Rooftop
Renaissance Academy Virginia Beach 892 Rooftop
Thoroughgood Elementary School Virginia Beach 166 Rooftop

Since 2019, BrightSuite Solar has helped  businesses and governments achieve their sustainability goals by providing customers with low-cost renewable energy solutions. By pairing Dominion Energy’s industry expertise and commitment to a cleaner energy future with a select network of leading Virginia based solar companies, BrightSuite Solar provides customers with turnkey solar solutions at no upfront cost.

BrightSuite Solar provides guidance throughout the process, including navigating Power Purchase Agreements (when applicable), design, financing, installation and interconnection. To learn more, visit

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

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