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Hollyfield Solar facility

65,000 solar panels

17 MW peak capacity

The UVA Hollyfield Solar facility, a 17 megawatt utility scale solar generation facility located on 160 acres in King William County, produces about 12 percent of all the electricity used at the University of Virginia. Under the terms of the twenty-five year power purchase agreement with Dominion Energy, UVA owns all electricity output of the facility as well as all associated solar renewable energy credits, carbon benefits, and environmental attributes. This renewable energy generation facility, which features 65,000 solar panels that began production in September 2018, eliminates more than 17,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

The UVA Darden School of Business, a participant in this project, is assuming responsibility for about 25 percent of the electricity production, which enables the school to achieve its long-term zero-carbon goal.

“Nearly 10 years ago, Darden established a vision to become a carbon-neutral enterprise by 2020 and with the UVA Hollyfield Solar project now delivering electricity to the grid, the school has achieved that goal,” said Mike Lenox, Darden’s senior associate dean and chief strategy officer. “By realizing this bold vision, Darden is now one of the only top-ranked business schools in the United States to reach carbon neutrality and proud of its role catalyzing a solar project that is leading Virginia’s transition to a clean energy future.”

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Solar production1 year to date

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Total solar production since September, 2018

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Percentage of University consumption1 year to date

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CO2e* saved since September, 2018

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CO2e* saved1 year to date

After 6 hours at peak capacity, this solar installation is estimated to generate 102 MWh and save 75.9 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. This is equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions from:

  • 186,054 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle
  • 8,542 gallons of gasoline consumed
  • 83,053 pounds of coal burned to generate energy

On a daily basis, the average US residential utility customer consumes approximately 30 kWh of electricity (emitting approximately 45 kg of greenhouse gas emissions), drives 37 miles, and uses approximately 4.5 gallons of gasoline and 41 lbs of coal.

1 kWh equals

Keeping an electric blanket (130-200 watts) on all night

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Environmental Savings from Total Solar Production to Date

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metric tons of CO2 avoided

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gallons of water saved

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barrels of crude oil not used