Standard Solar has broken ground on a photovoltaic expansion project that will contribute to the largest solar electric installation in Virginia. Once complete, the solar canopy installation at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA will be linked with the other solar arrays at the University to create the largest solar installation in the state. The 118 kW project, which is slated to be completed by the end of the year, will be installed by Standard Solar, owned and operated by Secure Futures, LLC, and will supply the University with clean, renewable energy for at least the next 20 years.

The canopy system to be built atop an existing University parking structure includes 540 Sanyo-manufactured panels, and is expected to generate 166,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. It will eliminate approximately 114 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) in its first year of operations, which is equivalent to planting 25 acres of trees.