Hecate Energy gets permit for 20-MW Cherrydale solar project in Virginia

Hecate Energy, LLC has received a permit from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for a new utility-scale solar facility to be built in Cape Charles in Northampton County, Virginia.

Once complete, the 20-MW Cherrydale Project will be able to provide enough power for over 3,000 households in the region. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced Aug. 17.

Construction of the approximately 185-acre facility will utilize a modern tracking system that maximizes energy output with the efficient use of available sunlight. The facility will interconnect with the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and A&N Electric Cooperative system, according to a state news release.

ODEC said last November that it has contracted to receive the full output of two solar projects to be located in Northampton and Clarke counties, Virginia.

The “permit by rule,” issued by the Virginia DEQ contains provisions to ensure the environment is protected at the Cape Charles site, officials said.

“This project builds on important investments we are making in the solar industry across Virginia,” said McAuliffe. “Investing in clean, renewable power sources will continue to cut carbon emissions and increase energy security throughout the Commonwealth.”

“As a Virginia native with family ties to the Eastern Shore region, the 20-megawatt Cherrydale solar development has been an exciting and gratifying project with which to be involved. We are grateful to Northampton County for their support throughout the development of the Cherrydale Project” said Preston Schultz of Hecate Energy LLC.  “In my opinion, the Commonwealth of Virginia Permit by Rule process strikes the right balance between protecting critical local environmental, cultural and historical resources while at the same time providing opportunities for the new clean energy economy to take root and flourish in the Old Dominion,” said the Hecate official.

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