Renewable Energy Tracker

Puller Solar facility

58,000 solar panels

15 MW peak capacity

The UVA Puller Solar facility represents a unique partnership between Dominion Energy and the University of Virginia. Under a 25-year agreement, the University will purchase the entire electricity output of the 120-acre solar facility in Middlesex County.

The facility — which was constructed and owned and operated by Dominion Energy — features approximately 58,800 panels, enough to power about 3,750 homes at peak output. The panels will produce an estimated 15 megawatts of alternating current, or about 9 percent of the University’s electric demand.

The Puller Solar facility — which began producing electricity in November 2018 — is available for student and faculty research, and aims to raise awareness about renewable energy.

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Solar production1 year to date

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Total solar production since November, 2018

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Percentage of University consumption1 year to date

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CO2e* saved since November, 2018

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CO2e* saved1 year to date

After 6 hours at peak capacity, this solar installation is estimated to generate 90 MWh and save 67 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. This is equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions from:

  • 164,166 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle
  • 7,537 gallons of gasoline consumed
  • 73,282 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

Brewing 12 pots of coffee (1000 watt coffeemaker)

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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