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The Fairfax County Regulatory Authority will hold a public hearing on March 9th to announce a contract to provide solar power to several county-owned buildings. The hearing details a contract with Sigora Solar, LLC., A Virginia-based company that provides solar and other energy efficient technologies.
The deal includes the rental of several county-owned properties to Signora for the installation, operation and maintenance of solar panels that will be used to power the properties. Fairfax will lease 22 properties to Sigora, including various fire and police stations, community centers, county government centers and the animal shelter.
This came after an announcement in December 2019 of a contract between Fairfax and Signora to install solar panels on buildings owned not only by the county but also by the county’s Fairfax County Public Schools, Park Authority, and Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
The cost of the electricity generated by these panels is expected to decrease once they are operational. Under the contract with Sigora, county properties are expected to pay $ 0.069 per kilowatt hour, or kWh, over the course of the 25-year contract. The properties listed for solar upgrades are in a service area which, according to Fairfax, averages $ 0.085 per kWh. This would mean a saving of $ 0.016 per kWh over the electricity generated by the panels.
According to city documents, Fairfax has also calculated that the savings from these assets are expected to increase over time as the average cost of utility electricity is expected to increase over time.
The list of properties that will be included in this list is incomplete at the time of writing. More can be added before the public hearing. The installation process of the district building should take place in two phases. The first phase, which includes the list of properties published for the hearing, is said to include 24 buildings, which means there may be room for two more properties.
The second phase is expected to include an additional 48 projects with county properties. The supervisory body has yet to determine which properties may still be available.
The list includes five buildings that are either under construction or in the process of being renovated. These include the fire stations on Edsall Road, Reston and Woodlawn, as well as the Lorton Community Center and Library and the Sully Community Center.
The following is a list of the other county owned properties that are being considered for solar panel installation: These include the Public Safety Headquarters and the parking garage at 12099 Government Center Parkway; The Great Falls Volunteer Fire Station; The McLean Government Center and Fire Station; The Wolfstrap Fire Station # 42; The McLean Community Center; The John Marshall Library; The Richard Byrd Library; The Lilian Carey Center; The Mason District Government Center and Fire Station; The Thomas Jefferson Library; The Gum Springs Community Center; The Newington Vehicle Maintenance Facility; The Merrifield Center and Merrifield Center Garage; The Fairfax County Animal Shelter; The girl’s probation house; The Pohick Regional Library; and the Jermantown Vehicle and Fire Apparatus Maintenance Facility.
The hearing will take place on March 9th at 4:00 p.m. Those interested can watch the hearing live on Channel 16 or via live video streaming on the county’s website.