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Posted on: February 21, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Four solar farm acres given to county schools

In association with its TPE Kentuck Solar property and related 6MW Kentuck Solar Project in the Dan River neighborhood of Pittsylvania County, TurningPoint Energy Land Holdings (TPELH), the owner of the real property and WGL Energy Systems (WGL Energy), a WGL company and owner of the solar project, have donated four acres of land to Pittsylvania County Public Schools to support the growth and development of future school operations

The donated land is part of the 76-acres that TPELH owns and where WGL Energy’s solar project operates for the Kentuck Solar Project, Virginia’s largest municipal utility solar farm.

Both TPELH and WGL Energy have worked proactively with the Pittsylvania County Public Schools to donate the land closest to the Dan River High and Kentuck Elementary schools. These schools span the area next to the Kentuck Solar Project. WGL Energy serves as owner and operator of the Kentuck Solar Project, which provides the power to Danville Utilities. TPE is the developer and owns the 76-acre parcel of land that hosts the single-axis tracker array. 

“Everywhere we develop projects, we try to be a good developer, a good community member and neighbor,” said Jared Schoch, President, TurningPoint Energy. “This land donation is just one more way we can do all of these things to support and give back to the Danville community.” 

The land donation is the second community investment TPELH has made in conjunction with the Kentuck Solar Project. In 2017, its sister company, TurningPoint Energy, donated $20,000 to Pittsylvania County Public Schools, Virginia to support education curricula and help inspire the next generation of renewable energy industry leaders.

“Working with TPELH and WGL Energy has been a welcomed opportunity for Pittsylvania County Public Schools, their support goes well beyond academics,” said Mark Jones, Superintendent of Pittsylvania County Public Schools. “Pittsylvania County Schools greatly appreciates all that these two organizations have done for the Dan River area schools.” 

“We’re pleased to see our efforts working toward providing substantial and impactful support for the public-school initiatives in Virginia,” said Peter Ledig, President of WGL Energy Systems.

The 6MW Kentucky Solar Project provides the power to Danville Utilities and is Virginia’s largest municipal utility solar farm, twice the size of the next biggest municipal utility project in the City of Bedford. It is projected to offset carbon emissions equivalent to 35,338 homes over its life.

 About TurningPoint Energy Land Holdings

TurningPoint Energy Land Holdings is a real estate investment company for the solar power industry, headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Its principals have experience developing solar projects totaling more than $2.1 billion in value over 750MW of operating solar power plants throughout the United States within the last eight years. Its sister company, TurningPoint Energy is a clean energy advisory, development and investment company structured as a privately held, lean company with some of the lowest overhead and profit requirements in the energy industry, the ability to make decisions quickly and customize our projects to each customer's needs. For more information visit www.turningpointenergy.com. 

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