Renewable Energy Tracker

Puller Solar facility

58,000 solar panels

15 MW peak capacity

The UVA Puller Solar facility, a 15 megawatt utility scale solar generation facility located on 120 acres in Middlesex County, produces about 9 percent of all 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 58,800 solar panels that began production in November 2018, eliminates more than 15,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions for the University each year.

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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