Dominion awards grants to schools in Hampton Roads

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Associated Press & 13News Now

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 7:19 AM

RICHMOND (AP) -- Dominion Resources' charitable foundation is awarding more than $600,000 in education grants to 61 Virginia schools.

The Richmond-based energy provider says the grants will help fund projects at 43 K-12 schools related to energy and the environment.

Other grants to 18 college and post-secondary schools will help fund projects in renewable energy, environmental studies, engineering and workforce development.

In Hampton Roads, Old Dominion University is receiving $40,000 for first-year engineering students to use its photovoltaic power system to learn about renewable energy.

Paul D. Camp Community College in Franklin was awarded $30,000 create a Robotics/Mechatronics Laboratory to support the current electronics programs and two new programs in Robotics and Mechatronics.

Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk will use $30,000 for students to measure and monitor water quality and biota in storm water management ponds that have been planted with emergent, submerged and shoreline vegetation.

Tidewater Community College in Norfolk was awarded $30,000 to develop “Renewable Energy on the Move,” a science education outreach project. The traveling exhibit will serve to educate college students and faculty as well as the community about the need for renewable energy sources.

The Elizabeth City State University Foundation was awarded $15,000 for their Home Energy Conservation and Education program where students will train and educate low-income rural households on ways to conserve energy to significantly reduce their utility bills.  

The Virginia grants are part of nearly $1.4 million awarded to 110 schools in states where Dominion does business.

Dominion Resources Inc. is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy and serves retail customers in 15 states.

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