Hundreds of local construction jobs will be created as Dominion Virginia Power prepares to build three separate large-scale solar energy facilities in Virginia, said the utility in a July 13 announcement.
To fill the positions, the construction contractor, Tucker, Ga.-based Amec Foster Wheeler, plans to hold job fairs in Powhatan and Charlottesville in Virginia. The solar projects received approval from the Virginia State Corporation Commission on June 30.
The three solar facilities – to be located in Isle of Wight, Louisa and Powhatan counties – will employ a total of about 800 workers during the construction phase, which is expected to take about six months. During the construction phase, the Commonwealth is expected to see a cumulative economic impact of $74 million from the 2015 planning phase to the 2017 completion of the projects. More than 800 cumulative jobs will be created over the same time period. All three projects are expected to be completed and operational by the end of the year.
Dominion Virginia Power is committed to developing 400 MW of solar energy in Virginia by 2020. Parent Dominion Resources (NYSE: D) currently has more than 700 MW of existing, under construction or proposed solar energy projects across eight states including California, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia.
The total cost of the three projects is approximately $129.5m, excluding financing costs. The three projects are:
- Scott Solar – a 17–MW (ac) facility on a 165-acre site in Powhatan County;
- Whitehouse Solar – a 20-MW (ac) facility on a 250-acre site in Louisa County; and
- Woodland Solar – a 19-MW (ac) facility on a 200-acre site in Isle of Wight County.