Virginia issues permit for 20-MW Hecate solar project in Clarke County

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Sept. 26 that a permit has been issued for a new 20-MW solar facility to be developed by Hecate Energy in Clarke County.

The solar project will be outfitted with high-efficiency photovoltaic (PV) modules. The PV modules will be mounted to durable aluminum frames and attached to a fixed position racking and tracking system.

The tracker utilizes a wide degree of rotation to maximize energy output with efficient use of available sunlight for electricity production.

This summer Hecate Energy was awarded a permit to develop a 20-MW solar facility in Northampton County, Virginia.

“We will continue to invest in energy infrastructure and support innovative approaches to bring low-cost, renewable energy to all corners of the Commonwealth,” McAuliffe said in a news release.

Hecate Energy, LLC is a leading developer, owner, and operator of solar, natural gas, wind, and energy-storage projects.

“We are very pleased to have completed our second Virginia Permit by Rule application for a utility-scale solar energy project in the Commonwealth” said Preston Schultz of Hecate Energy LLC. “Once again the Department of Environmental Quality was a pleasure to work with throughout this process and we look forward to breaking ground on this exciting project in Clarke County in the near future,” Schultz said.

Hecate filed its notice of intent with the Virginia DEQ in October 2015. The project will be located in Berryville in Clarke County. The project will be located on a 235 acre parcel located at the northeast corner of Double Tollgate Road and Highway 522 in Clarke County,

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