Virginia keeps rolling ahead with more solar power. Today (Oct. 25) Dominion Energy’s Dominion Virginia announced that construction is now underway on new utility-scale solar projects in Isle of Wight, Louisa and Powhatan counties that will produce enough electricity to power 14,000 in the Commonwealth.
The news follows shortly after Virginia Gove. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced a 20-megawatt solar farm by Virginia Solar in Kent County and, in a separate announcement, that the state updated its 2014 Energy Plan. By the end of the year, the state will have 188 megawatts of solar power installed.
The new Dominion Virginia projects will help the state achieve the expectations. The projects themselves are part of Dominion Virginia’s plans to install 400 megawatts of solar power by 2020. The new projects include a 19 megawatt Isle of Wight project called Woodland Solar, the 20 megawatt Louisa project called Whitehouse Solar and the 17 megawatt Powhatan project called Scott Solar. The projects will create a cumulative economic impact of $74 million from planning to completion, creating roughly 800 construction jobs.
"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 utility also has a number of other solar projects in the works throughout its service area including the 20 MW Remington Solar Facility in Fauquier County and the 17.6 MW Oceana Solar Facility in the City of Virginia Beach. Both are being developed through multi-group partnerships with the state. Microsoft is a partner in the Remington project and the Department of Navy a partner in the Oceana project.Tweet