James City County May See A New Solar Farm If Plan Comes To Fruition

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JAMES CITY-On November 17, The James City County Development Review Committee (DRC) heard a conceptual plan that has been filed for a possible solar farm for Racefield Drive in the upper portion of the county. The DRC is a subcommittee of the county’s Planning Commission. No formal plan or application has been filed yet for the solar farm.

Brendan Grajewski of Hexagon Energy, LLC, a Charlottesville-based developer, submitted a conceptual plan for a Special Use Permit for the solar farm, which would be located at 360 Racefield Dr. The property sits on more than 65 acres, with roughly 26 acres being proposed for use as a solar farm. The proposed project, called Racefield Solar, is a 3 Megawatt AC solar array. Racefield Solar would connect to existing Dominion Electric power lines within the property.

James City County ordinance requires special use permits for solar projects. Racefield Solar anticipates an approval of a special use permit by March of 2022. If approved, construction on the solar farm would begin in early 2023 and last two to three months.

Racefield Solar is among other solar projects in the county that are in the works, which also includes the Solara Woods community in Toano.