LEXINGTON, Va. (WDBJ7) Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Virginia's first community solar project Monday in Lexington.
The project benefits BARC Electric members who live in Rockbridge, Bath, Highland, Augusta and Alleghany Counties.
Community solar allows people to get solar power without having each individual customers install panels on their homes.
McAuliffe said he hopes this serves as a model for other utility companies in Virginia.
“People love to buy renewable energy. But it's very expensive up front. Very costly to do it. And what they have now done is to be able to do this in a way, so that large initial cost, the lack of workspace, or the even shading is taken away from the customers,” McAuliffe said.
The project will provide about 25 percent of the energy needed for 212 BARC customers.
Subscribers will have a fixed solar energy rate for 20 years.
A new solar learning center was also unveiled.
Governor Terry McAuliffe will be in Lexington on Monday morning to officially commission the new BARC Electric Community Solar Project.
The announcement is at 11 a.m.