Renewable Energy Tracker

Hollyfield Solar facility

65,000 solar panels

17 MW peak capacity

The UVA Hollyfield Solar facility represents an innovative solar power partnership between Dominion Energy, the University of Virginia and its Darden School of Business. Under the agreement, the University and Darden will purchase the entire output of electricity produced at the 160-acre solar facility in King William County for the next 25 years.

The facility — owned by Dominion Energy, who constructed it and will operate it — features approximately 65,000 solar panels, enough to power about 4,250 homes at peak output. The panels are expected to produce an estimated 17 megawatts of alternating current, a figure representing about 12 percent of the University’s electric demand. The Darden School, as a participant in the partnership, will assume responsibility for about 25 percent of the electricity production, which will enable the school to achieve its long-term zero-carbon goal.

The Hollyfield Solar facility began producing electricity in September 2018.

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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