Dominion will build 345 MW solar projects in Virginia
Post date: 21/10/2019 - 12:55
State-owned buildings and facilities in Virginia, USA, will soon be powered with solar and wind energy under a new agreement between the Commonwealth and US utility Dominion Energy. According to the company, the agreement represents the largest procurement of renewable energy by a state to meet its own renewable energy needs.
Under the partnership, Dominion Energy will supply Virginia with 420 MW of renewable energy. When combined with previously announced solar projects, the power produced is enough to meet the equivalent of 45 percent of the state government's annual energy use.
The clean energy package consists of a 75 MW wind project and four proposed solar projects totaling 345 MW slated to come online in stages over the next three years The 88 MW »Belcher Solar«, owned by Dominion Energy, in Louisa County, was developed by a joint venture among Virginia Solar LLC and MAP Energy LLC. »Bedford Solar« in the City of Chesapeake is under development by Lincoln Clean Energy and will provide 70 MW. »Walnut Solar« in King and Queen County is under development by Open Road Renewables and will provide at least 90 MW at peak output. A fourth solar project (to be named) will provide the remaining generation.
Dominion Energy intends to be one of the most sustainable companies in the United States. By 2030, Dominion Energy has committed to reducing power generating facility carbon emissions 55 percent from 2005 levels and reducing gas asset methane emissions 50 percent from 2010 levels.
The agreement with the Commonwealth of Virginia also represents major progress toward Dominion Energy's commitment to having 3,000 MW of solar and wind resources in operation or under development by 2022; with the addition of the associated projects, Dominion Energy will have fulfilled approximately 40 percent of this commitment.