Small solar projects planned in southern Virginia

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has recently posted notices from companies that plan to develop small solar power projects in the southern part of the state.

The notices of intent were listed May 4 by DEQ for “small renewable energy projects” in the state

Terracon Consultants, Inc., on behalf of TurningPoint Energy, has provided a notice of intent to submit the necessary documentation for a permit by rule for a small renewable energy project (solar) near Danville in Pittsylvania County.

The project will be built on a 76-acre site located on Kentuck Church Road in the county. “The project will consist of approximately 25,327 x 320-watt panels plus three x 2-megawatt inverters which will provide no less than 6 MWs of nameplate capacity,” according to a summary on the DEQ website.

In addition, SolUnesco LLC filed a notice to develop a solar project near Chase City in Mecklenburg County.

“SolUnesco and One Energy Renewables are developing a 76.8 MW DC, 60 MW AC (243,751 320W panels) solar farm located west of Chase City, Virginia, Mecklenburg County,” according to a summary on the DEQ website. “The system will be a ground mounted array covering five parcels of about 517 acres and will have an assumed point of interconnection near the Black Branch Substation.”

Renewable solar energy facilities with a rated capacity of 100 MW or less are subject to the regulations for Small Renewable Energy (Solar) Permit by Rule, 9VAC15-60, according to DEQ.


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