Dominion studying feasibility of 100-MW solar project at Virginia airport

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

October 4 (Renewables Now) - US utility Dominion Energy Inc (NYSE:D) will take part in a project that will explore the possibility of building a 100-MW solar park at the Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

Dominion Energy Virginia is partnering with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the utility said on Thursday, adding that it has recently signed a sublease with the Authority to start feasibility studies on the project.

If constructed, the 100-MW photovoltaic (PV) park will be connected to Dominion Energy's existing transmission line located at a site owned by the airport. The expected peak output of the plant will be enough to meet the demand of 25,000 homes, with the earliest date it could become operational seen to be in 2023. 

The project is in line with the Airports Authority's goal of boosting the sustainability and environmental performance of its facilities. For Dominion Energy, meanwhile, it represents a step towards meeting its goal of having 3 GW of wind and solar power capacity, in operation or under development, by 2022.

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