BARC Electric Cooperative's community-owned solar project ahead of schedule

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ROCKBRDGE Co, Va. (WDBJ7) BARC Electric Cooperative's community solar project is coming along much faster than expected.

About 1,300 solar panels have been installed for Virginia's first community-owned solar project.

The solar panels will give 550-kilowatts to about 200 customers.

Now that the project is ahead of schedule, the Governor will come to the Rockbridge County site in June to flip the switch.

“It looks like it went up overnight, and it almost did. Once they put the mounts in place, the panels just went up very quickly,” said Dave Clinton with BARC Electric Cooperative.

The next step involves connecting the solar panels to the grid.

The project is about 75 percent full.

BARC expects it be fully subscribed by the time it's ready in June.