Dominion lights up three solar projects in Indiana

Dominion Resources (NYSE: D) has placed in service a group of solar generation projects in Marion County, Ind., that will generate up to 28.6 MW.

This is the third solar generation facility Dominion has placed in service this year.

“The successful launching of these solar projects marks another milestone in Dominion’s continuing development of solar energy,” said David Christian, CEO of Dominion Generation, in a Dec. 16 statement. “Their commercial debut is consistent with our goal of promoting a cost-effective and diversified mix of conventional, nuclear, wind and solar energy resources.”

Indy Solar I, II and III will provide electricity for Indianapolis Power and Light under a 15-year purchased power agreement. Two of the sites are southeast of Indianapolis, in Marion Township, and the third is southwest. All are on level farmland and forest land that is well suited for fixed-axis solar installations. Dominion acquired the projects in July from Sunrise Energy Ventures LLC of Minnetonka, Minn.

A 7.7-MW solar installation near Augusta, Ga., and a 5-MW facility at Somers, Conn., also entered service in 2013.

Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of about 23,500 MW. It controls regulated utility Virginia Electric and Power d/b/a Dominion Virginia Power. Dominion operates one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage systems and serves retail energy customers in 15 states.

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