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The U.S. installed 6,201 MWdc of solar PV in 2014, up 30 percent over 2013, making 2014 the largest year ever in terms of PV installations according to the SEIA "Solar Market Insight Report 2014 Q4"

CleanTechnia in their article "It's Time to Make A Decision: What Kind of Grid Do We Want?" said: "Solar PV and batteries will be part of the grid of the future.  But what part"  An what sort of grid?  The answers are as yet uncertain, but decisions made today will set the grid's evolution on a trajectory from which it will be harder to course correct in the future.  And that evolution and trajectory could differ from one state to another."

Solar generation capacity on the Virginia grid is about to take a large leap with the 10 June 2015 announcement from Amazon Web Services that: "it has teamed with Community Energy, Inc. to support the construction and operation of an 80 megawatt (MW) solar farm in Accomack County, Virginia."  The Press Release continues: "Amazon Solar Farm US East will be the largest solar farm in the state of Virginia, with all energy generated delivered into the electrical grids that supply both current and future AWS Cloud datacenters."

The IEEE Power & Energy Society Richmond Chapter is sponsoring a seminar title "Solar Energy & The Power Grid" on Wednesday, 5 August 2015 at Dominion Virginia Power's Grayland Avenue office.  If you have any interest in Solar PV and its connection to the grid, this is the educational event for you.  I have attended several of the IEEE PES seminars sponsored by the Richmond Chapter and they are always information and well attended.

This month's article "Solar Energy & The Power Grid" should be of interest to homeowners, business owners, government leaders, and engineers.  If you find the article of interest, please forward to a collegue.  

Solar Energy & The Power Grid


The Richmond Chapter of the IEEE Power and Energy Society is pleased to announce its technical program for August 5, 2015 at Dominion's 2501 Grayland Avenue Auditorium.


Date: August 5, 2015


Place: 2501 Grayland Ave, Richmond, VA 23220



  • Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 am (Coffee & Donuts
  • Program: 9:00 am - 12:15 pm with coffee breaks
  • Lunch: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm (provided)
  • Program: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm with coffee break


Topic: The focus on "green" has become a developing impact on the national electric power grid. Many companies are making environmental commitments to minimize their carbon footprint.  Many consumers are also looking for green solutions to their power needs.  Solar energy is one growing technology being used to help meet this need.  This seminar will focus on solar energy, providing technical presentations ranging from solar panels, to inverters, and to small and medium solar plants.


Seminar Outline:

  8:30 am to 9:00 am        Registration

  9:00 am to 9:10 am        Opening Remarks

  9:10 am to 10:10 am      Solar Energy - Background & Theory 

10:10 am to 10:20 am      Break

10:20 am to 11:20 am      Solar Panel Design & Manufacturing              

11:20 am to 11:25 am      Break

11:25 am to 12:15 pm      Inverter Design & Manufacturing                    

12:15 pm to 1:00 pm        Lunch (provided)

  1:00 pm to 1:55 pm        Dominion - Solar  Projects                                

  1:55 pm to 2:05 pm        Break

  2:05 pm to 3:00 pm        Dominion - Utility/DG Interface                    

  3:00 pm to 3:30 pm        Wrap-up / Chapter Announcements



Seminar Cost: $40.00 (includes lunch and breaks)


            IEEE membership is not required to attend this seminar.    


            Special: Bring a friend to the seminar (someone who has not previously attended a Richmond PES seminar) and you will get a $10 discount on the seminar cost.  When making your reservation, you must reserve your friend's attendance at the same time to get the discount.



Reservations: We will accept payment at the meeting but reservations should be made by July 31, 2015 by email or phone.  Checks should be made payable to IEEE PES and should be sent to:


            Susan Wolfe-Powell

            Dominion Virginia Power

            2400 Grayland Ave, 3rdFloor

            Richmond, VA  23220

     Email: susan.p.wolfe.powell@dom.com                                           Phone: (804)257-4067



PDHs:  5 professional development hours (PDHs) will be issued for completing this course.




  • Sukhdev Walia, New Energy Power Co.
  • George McClellan, REC Group
  •  Roger O'Donnell, Eaton
  •  Rob Smith, Dominion Virginia Power
  •  Rich LaVigne, Dominion Virginia Power


Directions & Parking - 2501 Grayland Ave , Richmond, VA.  23220


From the North - Head South on I-95.  Take the I-195 south exit, and then follow the I-195 Downtown Expressway.  Take the exit off the Downtown Expressway onto Rosewood Avenue. Turn slight right on Rosewood Ave.  Turn right on McCloy St. at the stop sign.  Take next right onto Idlewood Ave.  At the 2nd traffic light, turn left onto Robinson Street. Take next right onto Grayland Ave.  2501 Grayland is on the right.


From the South - Head North on I-95.  Take the I-195 Downtown ExpresswayExit.  Take the Boulevard exit.  Turn right on S. Robinson St.  Turn right onGrayland Ave.  2501 Grayland is on the right.



Parking lots available near 2501 Grayland Avenue:

  •  Corner of Grayland Avenue and South Davis Avenue
  •  Grayland Avenue lot (south side of the street)
  •  South Stafford Avenue lot (east side of the street)
  •  Street parking on Grayland Avenue
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