Last week Virgina Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced plans for the Commonwealth of Virgina’s facilities to start increasing its use of renewable energy swiftly. In the next three years it will source 8 percent of its energy from solar power.
This goal was announced following the release of the Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission, which set the target. The commission called for a portfolio of solar projects built primarily on state-owned property.
Virginia also is growing out its network of solar energy in its supply grid outside of the state government’s needs. For instance, Amazon recently announced an 80 megawatt solar farm in Accomak County, Va. McAuliffe recently signed off on that project.
“I applaud the recommendations of the Commission that show my commitment to combating climate change and increasing renewable energy sources,” McAuliffe said. “The renewable energy procurement target will lower the state’s carbon emissions and help grow the solar industry in Virginia, a key strategy for building a new Virginia economy.”
Virginia is still in its early stages of renewable energy development compared to other states like California, New Jersey and North Carolina, but it’s good time for the state to start with the extension of the Investment Tax Credit announced and lower costs of solar making it more competitive with other sources of electricity. Under the new initiative Virgina’s government will 110 megawatts of solar power that will be developed by Dominion Virginia Power and independent, third-party developers. While the 110 megawatts will be installed over the next few years, at least 15 megawatts of solar power will be developed on state property before the end of his term.
“This is another positive step toward furthering the new Virginia economy and will create jobs here in the Commonwealth while reducing the state’s carbon footprint,” McAuliffe said. “We are committed to solar energy development, and I am pleased to work with Dominion to expand renewable generation in Virginia.”
“Dominion agrees, solar generation is an important element of a low-carbon, balanced and diverse generation mix,” said Thomas Farrell CEO of Dominion Resources, parent company of Dominion Virginia Power. “We are proud to partner with the Commonwealth in its pursuit of making Virginia a leader in clean energy technology.”
Dominion will install 75 percent of the solar capacity under the contract. Third-party solar developers will install 25 percent of the power under the contract.Tweet