Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced that Amazon Web Service, Community Energy Solar and Dominion Energy have partnered to develop a 100-megawatt solar farm in Southampton County, which will be the largest in the state. The solar farm will power Amazon’s data centers. Amazon also has partnered with the two companies to build and use the state’s second-largest solar array, an 80 MW solar farm that also will power its data centers.
“Once complete, the new Southampton facility will be the largest solar farm ever constructed in Virginia,” said McAuliffe. “The pace of solar deployment has increased exponentially in recent years and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. With projects like this, we’re building both the new Virginia economy and a better future for our children.”
In the past couple of years, Virginia has rapidly expanded its use of solar power and renewable energy. For instance, in 2015, shortly after signing the 80 MW project with Amazon, Dominion Power announced three more projects totaling 56 MWs of solar power.
“Amazon Web Services’ leadership and continued commitment to large-scale solar energy is a key catalyst for this exciting new industry in Virginia,” said Brent Beerley, executive VP of Community Energy Solar. “Community Energy Solar is thrilled to join forces again with partners AWS and Dominion for this second project, following the path created with Virginia’s first large-scale solar farm—the Amazon Solar Farm US East in Accomack County.”
Both Amazon and Virginia were late to the solar game, but new commitments to expand solar resources in the state have led to additional agreements between Amazon and Dominion Energy. In particular, last November (2016) Amazon agreed to purchase electricity from Dominion through the addition of 180 megawatts of solar farms across five Virginia counties.Tweet