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Navy to Host Largest Solar Energy Project in VA

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NORFOLK, VA. (AP) - The Navy has finished construction on the largest solar energy project in Virginia.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the 10-acre solar farm just outside of Naval Station Norfolk contains more than 8,600 panels.

Michelle Perry, project manager for Naval Facilities Engineering Command, says the panels can generate up to 2.1 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to power about 200 homes.

That's about 2 percent of the electricity required to run Naval Station Norfolk, the world's largest naval base.

Although construction was completed in November, the photovoltaic panels are not yet connected to the electricity grid that feeds the base. Perry says that connection is expected by Christmas.

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