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Dominion Cancels Solar Energy Test Project

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Virginia Power says it has canceled a proposed solar-energy electricity project in Southside Virginia, blaming delays in the development of crucial battery technology.

The Richmond-based utility's 4-megawatt project in Halifax County would have used new-technology batteries to store electricity produced from sunlight, starting sometime this year. Dominion spokesman says that the private U.S. startup company developing the batteries experienced extensive delays in commercializing its product, so Dominion decided to cancel the project.

He declined to disclose the company. Dominion plans to focus its solar development efforts on its proposed 30-megawatt community program, now pending before the State Corporation Commission.

The utility plans to lease large commercial rooftops to install panels that would generate enough electricity to power about 6,000 homes during peak daylight hours.


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