Dominion dedicates 5-MW solar facility in Connecticut

Dominion Resources (NYSE: D) held a Nov. 22 dedication with local officials at the Somers Solar Center, which the company said marks a major milestone in the development of renewable energy in The Constitution State.

“Connecticut’s federal and state officials should be commended for finding innovative ways to bring clean, renewable energy to consumers in Connecticut,” said Dominion Generation Senior Vice President J. David Rives. “We are proud to be among those who are pioneers in that effort.”

The Somers Solar Center, built by Prime Solutions Inc., a Connecticut contractor, occupies 50 acres near Somers in north-central Connecticut. It consists of 23,150 Kyocera solar panels that will generate roughly 5 MW (AC). The center is one of three solar projects that will be placed in service by Dominion in 2013. The others are near Augusta, Ga., and Indianapolis, Ind.

The origins of the center, which was acquired from Kyocera in October, date back to an energy law enacted by the Connecticut legislature in 2011. Based on that law, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection issued a request for proposals in December 2011 for the development of 10 MW of renewable energy to be sold under contract to the state’s two major utilities. The Somers’ proposal was one of two successful bids from among 21 entrants.

Dominion’s presence in Connecticut pre-dates the Somers project. The company owns and operates the 2,100-MW Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Waterford and less than a year ago announced North America’s largest fuel cell project in Bridgeport, which will generate roughly 15 MW.

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