November 1 (Renewables Now) - US utility Dominion Energy Inc (NYSE:D) on Thursday announced plans to build a 150-MW solar park in Virginia and supply its output to a data centre facility.
This will be the largest photovoltaic (PV) projects in Dominion Energy's Virginia solar portfolio, the utility said in a press release. The new power plant, called Fort Powhatan, will be installed in Prince George County, with its commissioning expected to take place in 2021.
Dominion Energy will be the owner and operator of the solar park, while the generated electricity and renewable energy certificates will be sold to an unnamed data centre under a long-term contract. Details about the power purchase agreement (PPA) were not available.
At present, Dominion Energy Virginia owns more than 40 operational or under-development solar assets with a combined capacity of over 1,500 MW. The company's goal is to have 3 GW of solar and wind energy in operation or under development by 2022 in Virginia, with the commitment being 45% fulfilled now.