Community Solar Learning Project

 

REC has installed at its Fredericksburg office a 10 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) generation system. This installation is about 2 1/2 times larger than the typical residential solar installation.

Information on the output of the solar panels is gathered every 15 minutes, allowing the system's performance to be evaluated in various weather conditions, at different times of the day and at different times of the year. 

Over the last decade, there has been a rapid decrease in the price of solar panels and a record number of installations across the nation. As more REC members become interested in solar power, the Community Solar Learning Project will be used to demonstrate solar power in use so that all can have a better understanding of the potential of solar PV power generation.

REC currently has nearly 350 members operating solar panels through its net metering program. Net metering is a billing option for members who operate renewable generators, such as solar panels. The average capacity of the solar panels in operation by REC's net metering participants is 4 kW. REC has more net metering participants than any other electric utility in the state when compared to the relative size of each utility.

SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS

Location: 247 Industrial Court, Fredericksburg, VA 22408; 38.262727, -77.503289

Panels: 48 variable-tilt Suniva Optimus Series Monocrystalline Solar Modules (OPTXXX-60-4-100)

Microinverter: Enphase M250 from Enphase Energy

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What to consider

When considering installing a Net Metering system, members should carefully review and understand the 
Net Metering Virginia Code.

Net Metering Contact at REC

E-mail the REC Net Metering Team for questions regarding Net Metering.

Related documents:

Net Metering Virginia Code
Net Metering Notification
Net Metering Certification
Net Energy Metering Rider

PLEASE NOTE: The Notification form should be submitted before construction begins. The Certification form should be submitted after county inspection approval.

Additional resources:

U.S. Department of Energy
National Renewable Energy Laboratory - Solar Basics
Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy
Federal Tax Credit Incentives
Solar Electric Power Association
Virginia DEQ - Solar Power
Virginia Dept. of Mines, Minerals and Energy - Solar Power
Solar Energy Industries Association - Virginia

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