Dominion Virginia Power develops solar project with SunEnergy1

Virginia Electric and Power d/b/a Dominion Virginia Power said Feb. 8 that it is partnering with SunEnergy1 to install 91,803 solar panels at a 20-MW solar farm in Chesapeake, Va.

SunEnergy1, a North Carolina-based company, will lease the 250-acre site, located off Ballahack Road and U.S. Highway 17. Dominion Virginia Power, a unit of Dominion Resources (NYSE: D), will purchase the output of the facility, including energy, capacity and renewable energy credits, under a 20-year power purchase agreement. The Chesapeake solar farm will be a ground-mounted tracking photovoltaic system. Commercial operations are expected to begin later this year.

“Our commitment to solar energy is an important part of the future of our state,” said Katheryn Curtis, Dominion’s senior vice president of Power Generation at the utility. “This partnership with SunEnergy1 is another significant step forward for Dominion as we plan for a low-carbon, balanced and diverse generation mix.”

In addition to this solar project in Chesapeake, Dominion has several other solar partnerships underway in the Hampton Roads region, which is in the southeast corner of Virginia next to North Carolina, including:

  • Isle of Wight County, 19-MW Woodland Solar Center (subject to regulatory approval);
  • Chesapeake, Western Branch High School, 1-MW system on its rooftop;
  • Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, 1-kW ground-mounted system; and
  • Norfolk, Old Dominion University, 125-kW system at student recreation center.

“At SunEnergy1, we design and construct solar facilities with first class quality and unmatched reliability,” said Kenny Habul, SunEnergy1 president and CEO. “We are proud to partner with Dominion to bring new solar solutions to Virginia.”

Virginia native and stock car racing star Denny Hamlin is partnering with SunEnergy1 as an investor in the project through Hamlin’s Won One Energy company. 

“I see this as a great opportunity to invest in the energy future of Virginia,” said Hamlin, a 26-time winner on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. “Solar is a fast-growing, renewable energy solution that is establishing a larger footprint across the energy industry. As a Virginian, I am proud of Dominion and SunEnergy1 for bringing utility scale solar to the state.”

SunEnergy1, LLC is a full-service solar developer and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm located in Mooresville, N.C. SunEnergy1 specializes in the design and installation of utility-scale ground-mount solar photovoltaic system. It has developed and installed more than 350 MW of solar facilities to date.

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