Dominion Virginia Power said Oct. 25 that when three large-scale solar facilities in three Virginia counties – Isle of Wight, Louisa and Powhatan – are operational by the end of the year, the solar facilities will produce 56 MW of emission-free generation at peak output.
“We have made tremendous progress since we received all necessary regulatory approvals from state and local jurisdictions,” said Ruth Prideaux, director-Generation Projects Renewable Energy. “Our contractor, Amec Foster Wheeler, hired the best workers in the industry and reached out to include local hires, giving them the opportunity to grow their skills even more. We are creating a talented workforce who will be experienced in the construction of utility- and community-scale solar farms, whether they are working for Dominion or other energy companies.”
The facilities are at various phases of completion and are on schedule and on budget. More than 800 construction jobs were created, with most being filled within the local communities.
The projects are:
- Isle of Wight County (Woodland Solar) – 80,000 solar panels will produce 19 MW at peak output.
- Louisa County (Whitehouse Solar) – 83,000 solar panels will produce 20 MW at peak output.
- Powhatan County (Scott Solar) – 77,000 solar panels will produce 17 MW.
Dominion is committed to bringing 400 MW of solar energy to Virginia through 2020. Other planned solar projects, pending regulatory approval, are:
- the Remington Solar Facility in Fauquier County – a 20-MW facility that will contain about 260,000 photovoltaic panels and is in partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia and Microsoft; and
- the Oceana Solar Facility in the City of Virginia Beach – a 17.6-MW solar farm that will contain about 179,000 panels and is in partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Department of Navy.
Virginia Electric and Power d/b/a Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary of Dominion Resources (NYSE: D), one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy. Dominion serves more than 6 million utility and retail energy customers. It has a portfolio of approximately 25,700 megawatts of generation, 14,400 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,500 miles of electric transmission lines.