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Amazon to buy power from 120-MWp Virginia solar park

Whitehouse Solar, Louisa County, Virginia. Source: Dominion Virginia Power

January 30 (Renewables Now) - Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) will purchase almost 70% of the output of a 120-MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) park that Dominion Energy Inc (NYSE:D) will build in Virginia.

The power generated from 31.7% of the capacity will be sold to the Commonwealth’s Arlington County under a separate power purchase agreement (PPA), the utility said on Wednesday. It plans to start building the solar farm this year in southern Virginia’s Pittsylvania County and bring it online in 2022. 

The partnership between Dominion Energy Virginia and Arlington County was approved by the County Board with unanimous support. It will contribute to the county’s goal to use renewables for at least 50% of its operations by 2022 and result in 79,000 MWh of annual power supplies for the county’s government operations. The county will not need to make any capital funding or cover upfront costs related to the project.

For Arlington County, the price of the electricity and renewable attributes will be calculated as the difference between the wholesale power price and the contract fixed price. Over time, the agreement is expected to be cost-neutral, Dominion said.

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