Yesterday (Aug 17), Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced that Hecate Energy, LLC has received a permit to build the Cherrydale Project, a 20 megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar facility in Cape Charles. The 185-acre solar farm will generate enough energy to power over 3,000 households.
It’s the next step for Virginia, which is still in the early stages of renewable energy development compared to many other states. Thankfully projects like the are quickly helping it catch up and it’s not the only clean energy project in the state. Last summer, for instance, the largest solar farm in Virginia was approved for construction in northern Accomack Country. It’s also currently the largest project in the Mid-Atlantic.
The McAuliffe administration is taking more steps to increase renewable energy in the state. Last December, for instance, McAuliffe announced a statewide goal to increase its use of renewable energy by generating 8 percent of its energy from solar.
“Investing in clean, renewable power sources will continue to cut carbon emissions and increase energy security throughout the commonwealth. This is a significant step forward for the Eastern Shore and I look forward to continuing to work with businesses and Virginians to expand access to clean energy sources, improve environmental stewardship, and grow the new Virginia economy,” McAuliffe said. “This project builds on important investments we are making in the solar industry across Virginia.”
“As a Virginia native with family ties to the Eastern Shore region, the 20-megawatt Cherrydale solar development has been an exciting and gratifying project with which to be involved,” said Preston Schultz of Hecate Energy. “In my opinion, the Commonwealth of Virginia Permit by Rule process strikes the right balance between protecting critical local environmental, cultural and historical resources while at the same time providing opportunities for the new clean energy economy to take root and flourish in the Old Dominion.”
The Cherrydale Project already has lined up to project offtakers, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and A&N Electric Cooperative system.Tweet