Dominion Energy on April 29 said that Dominion Energy Virginia is seeking proposals from developers for up to 1,000 MW of solar and onshore wind energy, as well as up to 100 MW of energy storage projects.
The company noted that it issues annual requests for proposals (RFPs) to support the goals of the Virginia Clean Economy Act, and to help the company achieve its goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In responding to this year’s RFP, the company said, project developers must submit an assessment of each project’s impact on environmental justice and, where applicable, demonstrate meaningful engagement with the communities where projects are located.
Discussing the utility scale renewable energy and energy storage projects, the company noted that Dominion Energy Virginia may either purchase these projects or enter into power purchase agreements (PPAs) with third-party developers.
According to the RFP, the company will only consider proposals for facilities located in Virginia and prefers facilities located within the company service territory, whether they are distribution or transmission connected.
The RFP noted that for PPA proposals and development proposals, the bidder must propose a delivery of unit capacity commencing no later than 2024, with one exception — namely, the company may accept PPA and development proposals where the interconnection construction schedule makes a 2024 commercial operations date unattainable.
While not a requirement, proposals that include actions that have been taken, or a plan to secure as high a percentage of the Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit as possible, may be evaluated more favorably, the RFP said.
Bidders must have applied for or obtained a wholesale market participation agreement (WMPA) with PJM Interconnection. The RFP added that transmission connected facilities that are connected with a PJM agreement do not need a WMPA.
The company also said in its statement that it is seeking proposals for up to 175 MW of small-scale solar projects – 80 MW planned for commercial operation in 2023, and another 95 MW for 2024. These projects, also known as distributed energy resources, must be 3 MW or smaller, the company said.
In addition, the company said that it is seeking proposals for up to 8 MW of solar to support the company’s Community Solar Pilot, through which, as noted on the company’s website, participating customers choose to purchase energy from solar facilities located in communities throughout Virginia, and then virtually use solar energy, without needing solar panels installed on their home or business.