RICHMOND — The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has
approved a request by Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) to offer a rate option for customers
who own solar generation installations. The rate option is one of the components
of DVP’s Community Solar Power Program.
The new rate program will allow qualifying solar customer-generators to purchase
all of their electricity from the company on their current rate schedule and to
sell all of their solar generation to DVP at a fixed price of 15 cents per kilowatt-hour
for a period of five years. DVP will purchase up to three megawatts of energy output
from customer-owned solar generation installations.
DVP utilizes a portion of the voluntary environmental contributions received through
the company’s Green Power Program in addition to the avoided cost energy rate component
to arrive at the 15 cents per kilowatt-hour purchase price.
The Commission found that the solar purchase program, taken as a whole, is reasonably
designed to promote customer-owned distributed solar generation facilities and to
offer an alternative to net energy metering.
The SCC approved the other component of DVP’s Community Solar Power Program in case
number PUE-2011-00117. In that component, DVP will construct and operate up to 30
megawatts of company-owned solar generation facilities at various commercial, industrial,
and public locations.
Case Number PUE-2012-00064
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