The Virginia State Corporation Committee (SCC) recently approved the largest group of new solar projects for Dominion Energy Virginia (DEV) customers. The nine new solar facilities will total nearly 500 megawatts, enough to power 125,000 homes at peak output with renewable energy.
These projects represent a major step toward 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 five 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.”
Dominion Energy Virginia will own and operate three of the projects, and the other six will serve their customers through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). Under PPAs, a third-party developer owns and operates the project and Dominion Energy purchases the electrical output for their customers.
According to Aaron Ruby, media relations manager with Dominion Energy, five of the nine solar facilities will be located in the Hampton Roads region, with one facility on the Peninsula. “These projects will support hundreds of jobs and tens of millions of dollars in economic activity in Hampton Roads over the next couple of years,” he said. “They will bring more clean energy to our customers’ homes and businesses, and more clean energy jobs to the Hampton Roads economy. That’s a win-win for the region, and, of course, a big win for the environment.”
The five projects located in Hampton Roads include:
- Norge Solar (James City County): 20-megawatt DEV project planned for completion in late 2022.
- Grassfield Solar (Chesapeake): 20-megawatt DEV project planned for completion in late 2022.
- Chesapeake Solar (Chesapeake): 118-megawatt PPA project developed by NextEra Energy Resources planning for completion in late 2022.
- Pleasant Hill Solar (Suffolk): 20-megawatt PPA project developed by Sun Tribe Solar planned for completion in late 2022.
- Cavalier Solar (Isle of Wight and Surry): 170-megawatt PPA project developed by AES planned for operation in late 2022.