Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 05th May
The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) has approved the largest group of new solar projects for Dominion Energy Virginia customers to date. The nine new solar facilities will total nearly 500 MW, enough to power 125,000 homes at peak output with renewable energy.
These projects are a significant step forward in achieving the goals of the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) and Dominion Energy’s goal of net zero emissions. The VCEA supports the development of enough solar, wind and energy storage to power more than 5 million homes with clean, renewable electricity.
“This is another major step forward in building a clean energy economy in Virginia,” said Ed Baine, president of Dominion Energy Virginia. “Our customers deserve reliable and affordable energy, and they also deserve a clean environment. These projects will help us deliver on that promise.”
Six of the nine new solar projects are PPAs that were selected following a competitive solicitation process. Dominion Energy owns and will operate the other three projects. In addition to supporting approximately 750 jobs, more than $100 million in economic benefits will be generated in Virginia:Grassfield Solar: 20-megawatt facility in the City of ChesapeakeNorge Solar: 20-megawatt facility in James City CountySycamore Solar: 42-megawatt facility in Pittsylvania County
The VCEA calls for 16,100 MW of solar or onshore wind to be proposed to the SCC or in operation by 2035. Approximately one-third must be procured through PPA’s.
This fall, Dominion Energy will submit its annual filing to the SCC requesting approval to construct or purchase another large group of solar, wind and energy storage projects. The company will issue Requests for Proposals from developers to support these filings.