Dominion Energy's »solar fleet« reached more than 1.3 GW
Post date: 11/01/2018 - 15:58
US utility Dominion Energy has grown its solar fleet in Virginia and North Carolina »over the last two years from near zero« to approximately 1,350 MW in service, in construction or under development, backed by an ongoing $1 billion investment. According to the company, its solar fleet is ranked the sixth largest among owners of U.S. electric utilities. Dominion Energy's long-term energy forecast calls for another 5,200 MW of new solar generation in the next 25 years.
In Virginia are 27 solar generating facilities on 4,683 acres, which equates to about 444 MW of solar capacity either in operation or under development. The construction of another 300 MW is planned to support Facebook's eighth data center in the U.S., to be located in Henrico County. Company-owned rooftop or ground-mounted solar arrays are installed on leased commercial properties, such as Philip Morris, Capital One, Prologis, Canon, Merck and various educational institutions. Large-scale solar facilities up to 100 MW in size are sprinkled across the state and are done in partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia, the U.S. Navy, University of Virginia, Microsoft and Amazon.
In North Carolina are 13 projects totaling 353 MW that Dominion Energy has brought or is bringing online in North Carolina by 2019. Additionally, there are 82 projects owned by third-party developers that are operating or being developed totaling 550 MW.
Nationally, Dominion Energy has nearly 2,700 MW of solar generating capacity in operation or under development in nine states, including offtake agreements for the company's utility customers.