Dominion buys 5-MW solar project in Connecticut

Dominion (NYSE:D) said Oct. 22 that it has purchased a 5-MW (AC) solar power project in Connecticut that should begin commercial operation by the end of 2013.

Dominion said that it has bought the facility from Arizona-based solar developer Kyocera (KYO) for an undisclosed sum.

Kyocera and CleanPath, a San Francisco-based clean-energy company, had jointly developed the Somers project, which is expected to begin commercial operation within the 4th quarter.

The Somers Solar Center will use Kyocera Solar’s, photovoltaic technology to produce enough electricity to supply nearly 1,400 homes. The electricity will go to Connecticut Light & Power (CLP) under a 20-year purchased-power agreement. CLP is a Northeast Utilities (NYSE:NU) company.

Somers Solar Center is located on 90 leased acres in north-central Connecticut, roughly 4 miles south of the Massachusetts state line. Prime Solutions, a Connecticut-based company, is the center’s engineering and construction contractor. The project provided about 80 jobs during the peak of construction, most of which came from locally-owned companies. Once in operation, the center will be serviced by a contractor.

“Dominion looks forward to supplying solar energy to the people of Connecticut, where we already provide carbon-free nuclear energy from our Millstone Power Station,” said David Christian, CEO of Dominion Generation.

This is Dominion’s third announced large-scale solar project this year. In February, the company reported that it had acquired a 7.7-MW (AC) solar project, known as the Azalea Solar Power Facility, near Augusta in east-central Georgia.  In July, Dominion acquired three solar projects near Indianapolis, Ind. – known as Indy I, II and III — that will generate 28.6-MW (AC) of electricity.

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