Dominion Power Awards VSU $150,000 Energy Grant

Dominion Virginia Power has awarded Virginia State University a two-year, $150,000 grant for a “Green Roof Initiative” that combines green roof and alternative energy technologies in novel ways to improve both the energy efficiency of buildings and the sustainable use of water for irrigation.The grant is part of Dominion Virginia Power’s selection of several Virginia universities to receive renewable energy research and development funding totaling $1.4 million as part of the company’s new R&D Partnership Program.

The development and funding of these projects was prompted by successful legislation proposed by the Governor Bob McDonnell last session that provides utilities credit for investments toward meeting their statutory RPS goals.Gov. McDonnell lauded the company’s commitment to the Commonwealth’s universities. “Dominion Virginia Power is providing the seed money necessary for alternative and renewable energy research in Virginia and helping to keep the Commonwealth on track to becoming the ‘Energy Capital of the East Coast’,” he said. “This funding will provide dividends to all Virginians in the future, while Dominion today is adding renewable solar and biomass energy and is in the early stages of testing wind generation off the coast of Virginia.

The Virginia General Assembly is to be commended for allowing such R&D activities to count toward utilities meeting the goals of the commonwealth's renewable portfolio standard. Virginia welcomes initiatives like these to develop technologies that can increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of renewable energy resources and support broad integration of Virginia's alternative energy resources into a diverse energy portfolio.”Dominion sought proposals from Virginia colleges and universities, asking them to include a requested funding amount and proposed project term of one to three years.

Dominion and each university collaborated on the funding needs and project schedule. The funding needs take into consideration the proposed costs of resources required (equipment, materials, supplies, and professor/graduate student time, etc.) to carry out each R&D project.