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Dominion Energy proposes 1 GW of solar + storage projects in Virginia

Written by: Leonard Parker | solar news | September 16, 2021

In its second annual clean energy filing with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC), Dominion Energy Virginia has proposed a group of new solar and energy storage projects in Virginia to serve its customers.

Credit: Dominion Energy

The proposal includes 11 utility-scale solar projects, two small-scale distributed solar projects, one solar + storage project and one stand-alone energy storage project, which will be owned and operated by Dominion Energy Virginia. The proposal also includes power purchase agreements (PPAs) from 32 solar and energy storage projects operated by third-party providers, which were selected through a competitive solicitation process.

Once in operation, the projects will provide more than 1 GW of carbon-free electricity, enough to power more than 250,000 homes at peak output.

“Every day, the clean energy economy is becoming more of a reality in Virginia,” said Ed Baine, president of Dominion Energy Virginia. “This is the largest expansion of solar and energy storage in Virginia history and a major leap forward in delivering clean energy to our customers. As we expand renewables across Virginia, we remain laser-focused on keeping our service affordable and reliable. These projects live up to that promise.”

Construction of the 15 utility-owned solar and energy storage projects is expected to generate more than $880 million in economic benefits across Virginia and will support nearly 4,200 clean energy jobs. Further details about the utility-owned projects are below:

Utility-scale solar

Camellia Solar, 20 MW in Gloucester County. To be acquired from Strata Clean Energy. Fountain Creek Solar, 80 MW, Greensville County. Acquired from Clearway Energy. Otter Creek Solar, 60 MW, Mecklenburg County. Acquired from Brookfield Renewables. Piney Creek Solar, 80 MW, Halifax County. Acquired from Hexagon Energy. Quillwort Solar, 18 MW, Powhatan County. Acquired from Cypress Creek Renewables. Sebera Solar, 18 MW, Prince George County. Acquired from KDC Solar Virginia. Solidago Solar, 20 MW, Isle of Wight County. Acquired from Standard Solar. Sweet Sue Solar, 75 MW, King William County. Acquired from Invenergy. Walnut Solar, 150 MW, King & Queen County. Acquired from a joint venture between Open Road Renewables and Eolian. Winterberry Solar, 20 MW, Gloucester County. To be acquired from Strata Clean Energy. Winterpock Solar, 20 MW, Chesterfield County. Acquired from Cypress Creek Renewables.

Small-Scale Distributed Solar

Black Bear Solar, 1.6 MW, Buckingham County. To be acquired from Hexagon Energy. Springfield Solar, 2 MW, Westmoreland County. To be acquired from Hexagon Energy.

Energy Storage

Dry Bridge Storage, 20 MW. Chesterfield County. Acquired from East Point Energy.

Solar + storage

Dulles Solar and Storage, 100 MW solar & 50 MW storage, Loudoun County. Developed by Dominion Energy Virginia.

The distributed solar projects and the stand-alone energy storage project are expected to be completed in 2022, with the remaining projects planned for completion in 2023. In addition to providing clean energy for its customers, these projects will also aid Dominion Energy Virginia in meeting VCEA’s RPS goals, which requires that 100% of its electricity sales in Virginia come from clean energy sources by 2045.

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