There is a solar power movement taking place in the Southeastern US, which is quickly establishing the region as a significant market for the solar industry. Case in point, BayWa r.e, a subsidiary of Germany’s BayWa is partnering with solar power developer Geenex Solar to develop 350 megawatts (MWs) of solar projects in North Carolina and Virginia, and the companies said the portfolio could expand in the future.
“We are very pleased to collaborate with BayWa r.e. who has proven to be a strong and committed partner that shares our vision of community involvement and clean power production,” claimed Gennex CEO Georg Veit. “We have a long-term plan in the region which now moves into the second phase. Our pipeline is unfolding while being continuously expanded.”
Their first collaboration is the 5 MW Hemlock solar farm in Northamton, NC. The companies have broken ground on the project which is expected to be online at the end of 2016. Other projects, ranging in size from 20MWs to 100MWs, are scheduled to be completed or in stages of advanced development by 2018.
While North Carolina has led solar development in region surrounding states: Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia, are all increasing the amount of solar power they’re using, thanks to policy and partnerships that expand financing, research and development of clean energy resources.
For instance, Virginia Gov. Terry McAulliffe (D) recently announced that his state is committed to advancing solar power development and issued a permit to Hecate Energy, LLC to build a utility-scale, 185-acre solar farm called the Cherrydale Project in Cape Charles, VA which will produce 20 MW of power.
“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 had said at that time.Tweet