Virginia Thumbs Up For Dominion 500MW PV Spree
Dominion Energy has received approval from the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) for nine solar farms totalling almost 500MW.
Six of the nine new solar projects relate to power purchase agreements that were selected following a competitive solicitation process.
Dominion Energy owns and will operate the other three projects, which support approximately 750 jobs and provide more than $100m in economic benefits in Virginia.
The three projects are the 42MW Sycamore in Pittsylvania County, 20MW Grassfield in Chesapeake and the 20MW Norge in James City County.
Dominion Energy Virginia president Ed Baine said: “This is another major step forward in building a clean energy economy in Virginia.
“Our customers deserve reliable and affordable energy, and they also deserve a clean environment. These projects will help us deliver on that promise.”
The projects represent a step toward achieving the goals of the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) and Dominion Energy's goal of net zero emissions, the company said.
The VCEA supports the development of enough solar, wind and energy storage to power more than 5 million homes with clean, renewable electricity.
It calls for 16.1GW of solar or onshore wind to be proposed to the SCC or in operation by 2035. About one-third must be procured through power purchase agreements.