Old Dominion contracts with Hecate for 30 MW of Virginia solar projects

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) has awarded two contracts to Hecate Energy LLC to deliver the full output of two solar projects to be located in Northampton and Clarke counties, Virginia.

ODEC said Nov. 11 that it conducted a competitive bid process during the summer administered by the National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) seeking bids for solar projects ranging in size from 1 MW to 10 MW. Hecate was chosen based on its ability to provide the most cost effective and beneficial solar photovoltaic plants to ODEC within the service territories of its member-owners.

  • The Cherrydale project is located in Northampton County in A&N Electric Cooperative’s service territory, one of ODEC’s eleven member-owners. It will have the capacity to generate approximately 20 MW and is expected to be in service by December 2016.
  • The other location in Clarke County, is part of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s service territory, another of ODEC’s member-owners. This project, also expected to be in service by December 2016, will produce 10 MW.

“Adding clean solar generation to our portfolio will allow us to keep fulfilling our mission of maintaining a diversified mix so that we can continue to provide affordable and reliable electricity to our member cooperatives,” said Jack Reasor, ODEC’s president and CEO.

“ODEC is very excited to work with Hecate,” added Rick Beam, ODEC’s Senior Vice President for Power Supply. “These solar projects demonstrate our continued commitment to renewable energy.”

“We are honored to have been selected by ODEC to fulfill their first solar power purchase agreements,” said Chris Bullinger, Hecate’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are looking forward to developing and operating these solar PV generation facilities for the benefit of ODEC members.”

Headquartered in Glen Allen, Virginia, ODEC is a not-for-profit, member-owned, power supply cooperative. It supplies the wholesale power requirements of its 11 member electric distribution cooperatives, which provide reliable, affordable electricity to 1.4 million people in 70 counties in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. It is currently developing the 1,000-MW, gas-fired Wildcat Point facility in Maryland.

Based in Nashville, Tenn., Hecate Energy is a global developer of solar power plants, natural gas-fired power plants, wind power plants, and energy storage solutions that create significant social and economic impact. Founded in 2012, Hecate has more than 2,400 MW of power plants under development around the globe.

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