Dominion buys 60-MW Summit Farms project in North Carolina from SunEnergy1

As part of its long-term plan to bring online at least 500 MW of solar capacity in North Carolina and Virginia, Dominion Resources (NYSE: D) on Oct. 19 announced that it has acquired the development rights for the 60-MW (ac) Summit Farms Solar facility in Currituck County, N.C.

The solar project is expected to enter service in December 2016. A subsidiary of Dominion Energy Inc. purchased Summit Farms from SunEnergy1 LLC, which developed and is the construction contractor on the project. Summit Farms, located on about 650 acres near Moyock, has 25-year power purchase agreements with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston Medical Center and Post Office Square Redevelopment Corp.

“We are pleased to partner with these three outstanding organizations to add more carbon-free generation to the electric grid,” said Paul D. Koonce, chief executive officer of the Dominion Generation Group, which oversees 25,700 MW of capacity in 11 states, including solar in operation or under development in eight states. “We will continue to seek similar opportunities helping large and small energy consumers alike reduce their carbon footprint.”

Other large-scale solar projects Dominion has announced in North Carolina and Virginia include:

  • Morgans Corner Solar (under regulated Virginia Electric and Power (VEPCO) subsidiary); Pasquotank County, N.C.; 20 MW (ac); in-service in December 2015;
  • Amazon Solar Farm U.S. East (Dominion Energy); Accomack County, Va.; 80 MW (ac); expected in-service in 2016;
  • Scott Solar (VEPCO); Powhatan County, Va.; 17 MW (ac); expected in-service in 2016;
  • Whitehouse Solar (VEPCO); Louisa County, Va.; 20 MW (ac); expected in-service in 2016;
  • Woodland Solar (VEPCO); Isle of Wight County, Va.; 19 MW (ac); expected in-service in 2016;
  • Remington Solar (VEPCO); Fauquier County, Va.; 20 MW (ac); expected in-service in late 2017; and
  • Oceana Solar (VEPCO); Virginia Beach, Va.; 18 MW (ac); expected in-service in late 2017.

Dominion noted that it has generation facilities powered by the sun in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia.

CustomerFirst Renewables, an advisory services firm, structured and negotiated the energy solution on behalf of MIT, Boston Medical Center and Post Office Square Redevelopment.

SunEnergy1 is a full-service solar developer and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm located in Mooresville, N.C.  SunEnergy1 specializes in the design and installation of utility-scale ground-mount solar photovoltaic systems. It has developed and installed more than 350 MW of solar facilities to date.

In other recent news for the Summit Farms project:

  • Summit Farms Solar LLC on Sept. 16 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to allow it to sell electricity at market-based rates. This company said it is developing and will own and operate an approximately 60-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility and related assets located in Currituck County, North Carolina, which is within the PJM Interconnection balancing authority area. Applicant will sell all of the net energy from the facility at wholesale to non-affiliates under three long-term Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). Under the collective terms of the PPAs, it’s 60 MW of generation capacity is fully committed for 25 years. It said it is owned by Dominion Energy.
  • Summit Farms Solar LLC, SunEnergy Developments LLC and Dominion Solar Projects V Inc. on Sept. 1 notified the North Carolina Utilities Commission of the transfer of the upstream ownership of Summit Farms from SunEnergy to Dominion Solar. In 2015, the commission issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity to Wildwood Solar LLC for construction of a 40-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility to be located at 1374 Caratoke Highway, Moyock, Currituck County. The commission on Aug. 9 of this year approved the transfer of the Wildwood CPCN to Summit Farms, which was at the time an affiliate of SunEnergy1. In the same order, the commission also granted Wildwood’s request to amend the CPCN to authorize construction by Summit Farms of a 60-MW (ac) solar PV facility, rather than the 40-MW facility previously approved.
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