Virginia SCC approves trio of Dominion solar energy projects

The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) has approved an application by Dominion Virginia Power to construct and operate three solar generation facilities with a combined capacity of 56 MW.

Dominion Virginia Power is part of Dominion (NYSE:D). Over the course of a year, the facilities will produce about 14 MW of electricity which equates to an equivalent capacity factor of 25%.

The total cost of the three projects is approximately $129.5m, excluding financing costs. The company will begin collecting construction costs on Sept. 1, 2016 with the addition of a rate rider to electric bills.  For the average residential customer, the new rider (US-2) will add seven cents to the monthly bill.

Construction of the solar facilities is expected to be completed in December 2016.  The three projects are:

•Scott Solar – a 17–MW facility on a 165–acre site in Powhatan County

•Whitehouse Solar – a 20-MW facility on a 250–acre site in Louisa County

•Woodland Solar – a 19–megawatt facility on a 200–acre site in Isle of Wight County

In its final order the Commission recognized public policy favoring certain solar projects and stated that, “… the proposed costs of the solar projects are reasonable under the applicable statutes.”

The projects were approved as part of Case No. PUE-2015-00104.

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