April 2, 2012
Virginia Commonwealth University and Dominion are partnering to use one of the school's buildings as a test site for efficient energy technologies.
The Richmond university says it is partnering with the energy provider to use VCU's West Hall as a five-year test site as a micro-grid project.
Both with gather and share power-consumption data. The project will make continuous, real-time energy adjustments to the building, lights and equipment to save energy and lower costs. It is expected to reduce energy costs by $20,000, or 4 percent, annually.
VCU and Dominion are splitting the $500,000 cost of the project, which includes the installation of hardware, control systems and solar panels.