Navy to Host Largest Solar Energy Project in Virginia

From San Francisco Chronicle

The Navy has finished construction on the largest solar energy project in Virginia.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/SLgCqR ) the 10-acre solar farm just outside of Naval Station Norfolk contains more than 8,600 panels, which are bolted onto steel stilts in a marshy field called Monkey Bottom.

Those panels can generate up to 2.1 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to power about 200 homes, said Michelle Perry, project manager for Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

That’s about 2 percent of the electricity required to run Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest naval base.

Ken Jurman, who tracks such facilities for the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, said the Monkey Bottom project is “by far” the largest solar energy project in the state.

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