Virginia to buy power from 420 MW of new wind, solar

Solar panels in Virginia. Source: Dominion Energy.

October 18 (Renewables Now) - Dominion Energy Inc (NYSE:D) said Friday the electricity generated by Virginia's first onshore wind farm and four solar parks will go to power state-owned buildings and facilities under an agreement between the utility and the Commonwealth.

The total capacity in this power purchase deal is 420 MW. When added to previous solar deals, the renewable power will be enough to meet about 45% of the state government's annual energy use, Dominion said.

The table contains details on the five projects.

Name of project Developer(s) Capacity Location
Rocky Forge Wind Apex Clean Energy 75 MW Botetourt County
Belcher Solar Virginia Solar LLC and MAP Energy LLC 88 MW Louisa County
Bedford Solar Lincoln Clean Energy 70 MW City of Chesapeake
Walnut Solar Open Road Renewables 90 MW King and Queen County
N/A N/A 97 MW N/A

The Rocky Forge Wind farm is expected to begin commercial operations in 2021, while the solar projects will be built in stages over the next three years, pending local approvals.

Dominion says this is “the largest procurement of renewable energy by a state to meet its own renewable energy needs”. The Commonwealth has a goal of procuring at least 30% of the power required by the state’s agencies and executive branch from renewable sources by 2022. In that same year, Dominion aims to have 3 GW of solar and wind in operation or under development.

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