McLean Community Center and Police Station Among Possible Sites for Solar Panels

As Fairfax County plans to expand its use of renewable energy, the Board of Supervisors is seeking feedback on the next round of county facilities being considered for solar panel installation.

The board of directors will hold a public hearing on Tuesday (March 9) to determine whether the county should rent rooftop areas in 22 county-owned properties to energy company Sigora Solar, which is responsible for the installation, operation and maintenance of Photovoltaic solar panels in is responsible for the sides.

Sites considered in the Tysons area include:

  • McLean Government Center and Police Station (1437 Balls Hill Road)
  • Wolfstrap Fire Station # 42 (1315 Beulah Road)
  • McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Avenue)
  • Thomas Jefferson Library (7415 Arlington Boulevard)
  • Merrifield Center and Kerrifield Center Garage (8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive)

This is the second group of properties suggested by county officials as possible locations for solar panels. The county approved rooftop leases in eight locations, including the Providence Community Center, back in October.

In an effort to move to renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Fairfax County announced in December 2019 that it had placed contracts with multiple solar power companies as part of “the largest initiative to buy solar power by a local community in Virginia” At the time, according to the Fairfax County Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination.

In addition to Sigora Solar, the county has signed a contract with BrightSuite – a subsidiary of Dominion Energy – and Ipsun Solar for the initiative, which could include public school facilities in Fairfax County.

In the board package for Tuesday’s meeting, the county employees say there is no expected net cost for the solar panels. Sigora Solar has offered a fixed price of $ 0.069 per kilowatt per hour (kWh) for a contract term of 25 years. The county is saving $ 0.016 per kWh compared to current electricity costs, which will amortize the cost of installing and maintaining Sigora Solar.

The public hearing is expected to start around 4 p.m. Like the rest of the board meeting, it can be viewed on the county’s cable television channel and online live stream. Live audio can be accessed by calling 703-324-5300.

Image via Flickr / Minoru Karamatsu

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