Developers seek Virginia approvals for 150 MW of solar projects

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality said in a May 16 notice that Southampton Solar LLC intends to submit the necessary documentation for a permit by rule for a Small Renewable Energy Project in Southampton County.

The project will have a Maximum Capacity of 100 MW (ac) and will utilize traditional photovoltaic solar modules that rotate throughout the day to track the sun. The project site is located in southern Southampton County, near the Boykins electrical substation in the general vicinity of Boykins and Newsoms, Va. The project will be sited across roughly 1,200 acres, and across multiple parcels.

The DEQ doesn’t identify the backer of Southampton Solar. Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) business records show the company was registered on April 18 and has a home office address of Three Radnor Corp Center, Radnor, PA 19087. 

In a second May 16 notice, the DEQ said that Bluestone Farm Solar LLC has notified DEQ of its intent to submit the necessary documentation for a permit by rule for a small renewable energy project in Mecklenburg County.

The proposed Bluestone Farm will be a 49.9 MW (ac) photovoltaic facility on portions of two parcels totaling approximately 330 acres south of Spanish Grove Road outside of Chase City. The project will be comprised of approximately 223,500 polycrystalline solar collectors and associated equipment.

The SCC database doesn’t show a corporate registration for this company.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.