Expanding Virginia’s Solar Capacity
Dominion Energy and Coronal Energy are expanding Virginia’s solar energy capacity by developing a 20-megawatt solar facility in Essex County, VA. The 174-acre project in Dunnsville, VA. will generate enough electricity to power 5,000 single-family homes in Virginia annually.
As one of the largest solar projects in the state, the Essex Solar Center will add clean, reliable and affordable solar energy to the local power grid and bring high-quality jobs and provide tax revenues to the county and state. The center also will help Dominion Energy expand its renewable energy portfolio. The energy will be procured by the company via a 20-year power purchase agreement that enables it to purchase the power generated by the solar facility for the benefit of its customers, while Coronal Energy continues to own and operate the facility upon completion.
The area is the former site of the Rappahannock Industrial Academy (RIA), a school that operated in the first half of the 20th century, dedicated to educating the children of former slaves. Revenue from the land lease will help support the history and legacy of the historic site.