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October 24, 2017

Veterans home, solar farm ceremonies Thursday

Photo/Dominion Energy
The 125-acre solar farm on Lucky Hill Road near Remington.
File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Gov. Terry McAuliffe in June 2016 announces the plan for a veterans care center at Vint Hill.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe will speak at two ceremonies Thursday afternoon in Fauquier County.

At 1 p.m. Gov. McAuliffe will take part in the groundbreaking for the Puller Veterans Care Center at Vint Hill.

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services will build the 120-bed long-term care and rehabilitation center at Vint Hill Parkway and MacIntosh Drive.

Fauquier County donated the 30-acre site, where the home will open in 2019.

In addition to the governor, Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins will speak, along with state and local officials.

At 3 p.m., Gov. McAuliffe will appear 22 miles south, where Dominion Energy will dedicate its new, 125-acre solar farm.

The governor, along with Dominion and Microsoft representatives, will “energize the largest solar power generation facility in the region” near Remington, company spokesman Charles “Chuck” Penn said.

With almost 260,000 photovoltaic panels, the solar farm during peak sunlight can generate enough electricity to power 5,000 homes.

As part of its commitment to renewable energy Microsoft purchased Renewable Energy Certificates from Dominion to help fund construction of the 20-megawatt generating facility at 12080 Lucky Hill Road. The solar facility cost $46 million.

Under a 25-year contract, the Commonwealth of Virginia will buy electricity from the plant at a reduced rate, saving taxpayers $1 million over the life of the agreement.

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