Correctional Solar plans maximum 20 MW project in Virginia

An entity called Correctional Solar LLC has notified the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) of its intent to submit the necessary documentation for a permit by rule for a small renewable energy project of up to 20 MW in New Kent County.

The solar project will be located on 429 acres across multiple parcels, on land south east of the intersection of New Kent Highway and Mt. Nebo Road, according to a notice filed June 3 with the Virginia DEQ.

The solar project conceptually consists of 88,209 x 320-watt panels plus 9 x 2.5-MW inverters which will provide a maximum 20 MWs of nameplate capacity, according to the summary on the DEQ website.

The application is being filed under Virginia Regulation 9VAC15-60.

In recent times, Virginia has moved regulatory authority for small renewable energy projects from the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to the DEQ. DEQ has authority to approve most solar projects with a capacity of 100 MW or less while the SCC retains jurisdiction for projects of 100 MW or more.

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