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Dominion Energy has announced plans to develop multiple utility-scale solar projects in Virginia through 2020. Dominion Energy Virginia’s most recent long-term plan forecasts the potential for at least 15,900 megawatts of solar in the state over the next 15 years to meet customers' energy needs.

Here are both the completed and under-construction solar projects in Virginia:

solar panels absorbing the sun

In October 2019, Dominion Energy announced its joint effort with the Commonwealth of Virginia to assist Virginia in meeting its renewable energy goals with the addition of four solar facilities, totaling 345 megawatts in aggregate. All facilities will be built in Dominion Energy Virginia’s service territory. Two of the planned projects are detailed below. The location of the third and fourth projects, which are expected to be 187 megawatts in aggregate, have not yet been publicly disclosed.

  • Bedford:This is a 70-megawatt facility located in the City of Chesapeake Virginia that is expected to be operational in 2021
  • Belcher:This is an 88-megawatt facility located in Louisa County, Virginia that is expected to be operational in December 2020
  • 20-megawatt solar farm located on 180 acres in Kendall Grove, VA, on Virginia's Eastern Shore
  • Purchased from the developer Hecate Energy
  • Dominion Generation, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dominion Energy, closed on the sale in September 2017
  • The facility entered service in November 2017
  • DEPCOM Power, Inc., served as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor
  • A Long-term power purchase agreement is in place with Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) for the offtake from this facility
  • View the news release
  • Located on a 117-acre parcel of land in White Post, VA
  • The solar generation facility is operational and has an output of 10-megawatts
  • Dominion Generation, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dominion Energy, has acquired the facility from the project's developer, an affiliate of Chicago-based Hecate Energy, LLC
  • DEPCOM Power, Inc., has served as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor
  • A long-term power purchase agreement is in place with Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) for the offtake from the facility
  • View the news release

On July 24, 2018, Dominion Energy submitted requests to the Virginia State Corporation Commission for approval to construct and operate two large-scale solar facilities in Surry County, Virginia.

Colonial Trail West

  • 142 megawatts
  • Constructed on approximately 1,800 acres in Surry County, Virginia
  • Ground-mounted, single-axis tracking solar facility that contains approximately 539,379 photovoltaic panels with an operating life of 35 years
  • Began operations in December 2019
  • Facility acquired from developer of the project, Urban Grid Solar in June 2018

Spring Grove 1

  • 98 megawatts
  • To be constructed on approximately 1,200 acres in Surry County Virginia
  • Ground-mounted, single-axis tracking solar facility will contain approximately 340,578 photovoltaic panels with an operating life of 35 years
  • Expected to be in service in late 2020
  • Facility acquired from developer of the project, Urban Grid Solar in June 2018

Scout Development LLC, a subsidiary of Facebook, Inc. has committed to purchase the environmental attributes, including renewable energy certificates, associated with these proposed new renewable energy facilities under the Company’s experimental, voluntary companion tariff designated Schedule RF. Revenue associated with the sale of renewable energy certificates through Schedule RF will enhance the cost-effectiveness of these solar facilities for Dominion Energy Virginia’s customers.

  • 100 megawatts
  • Currently under development on approximately 1,200 acres at Washington Dulles International Airport
  • Expected to be in service in 2024
  • 150 megawatts
  • Currently under development on approximately 3,084 acres in Prince George County, Virginia
  • Ground mounted single-axis tracking facility will contain approximately 551,000 photovoltaic panels
  • Expected to be in service December 2021
  • Purchased from developer SunEnergy1
  • Offtake agreement is in place with a data center company

In September 2019, Dominion Energy announced that it acquired two solar projects totaling a combined 95 megawatts from Savion LLC, a subsidiary of Macquarie's Green Investment Group. Power generated at the two sites, as well as the renewable energy credits, will go to telecommunications company T-Mobile USA, Inc., under long-term contracts, to support the company’s goal to source 100 percent renewable energy by 2021.

Greensville

  • 80 megawatts
  • Under development on approximately 1,075 acres in Greensville County, Virginia
  • Ground mounted single axis tracking facility will contain approximately 248,175 photovoltaic panels
  • Expected to be in service by late 2020

Myrtle

  • 15 megawatts
  • Constructed on approximately 123 acres in the City of Suffolk, Virginia
  • Ground mounted single axis tracking facility will contain approximately 51,650 photovoltaic panels
  • Expected to be in service in the second quarter of 2020

In April of 2019, Dominion Energy announced its joint effort with Facebook to substantially increase renewable energy generation with the addition of six new solar facilities that are dedicated to Facebook. Montross, Gloucester, and Grasshopper are located in Virginia and Gutenburg, Chestnut, and Pecan are located in northeast North Carolina.

  • Montross: Located in Westmoreland County, Virginia, and is an approximately 20-megawatt facility that became operational in December 2018
  • Gloucester: Located in Gloucester County, Virginia, and is an approximately 20-megawatt facility that became operational in April 2019
  • Grasshopper: Located in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, and is anticipated to be an approximately 80-megawatt facility that is expected to become operational in the Fall of 2020

These projects are all under a long-term renewable energy contract with Facebook.

In August 2016, Dominion Energy Virginia, the Department of the Navy, and the Commonwealth of Virginia reached an agreement to construct an 18-megawatt solar facility at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In March 2017, the Virginia State Corporation Commission issued its approval for the Company to construct and operate the facility, which become operational in December 2017.

The Commonwealth purchases the solar output and renewable attributes from the facility under a long-term agreement.

In exchange for the nearly 100 acres that houses the 179,000 solar panels of the ground-mounted, single-axis tracking facility, the Navy receives an alternative electric feed, which increases energy resiliency on the base. The facility is capable of producing enough electricity at peak production to power approximately 4,400 homes.

Oceana is the second solar project that Dominion Energy has collaborated on with the Navy. In December 2015, construction was completed on the Morgan’s Corner Solar Facility, a fixed-tilt 20-megawatt facility in Pasquotank County, North Carolina. The project is under a power purchase agreement with Navy. View the news release.
  • 59.6 megawatts
  • Under development on approximately 865 acres in Greensville County, Virginia
  • Project will provide up to 140,000 MWh of renewable energy off-take to the Commonwealth of Virginia annually
  • Expected to be in service by spring 2022

In March 2016, Dominion Energy announced plans for the Remington Solar Power Facility to be developed as a public-private partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia and Microsoft. The facility entered service October 2017.

  • The 20-megawatt project was built on approximately 125 acres of land owned by Dominion Energy near its Remington Power Station in Fauquier County, Virginia
  • The ground-mounted, fixed-tilt solar facility contains nearly 236,000 photovoltaic panels and at peak capacity can generate enough electricity to provide power for 5,000 homes
  • The Commonwealth purchases the solar energy output generated from the facility and Microsoft purchases the renewable energy attributes in support of its sustainability goals
  • The Commonwealth is the sole recipient for all the energy generated at the facility as part of the agreement
  • Microsoft's purchase of all the environmental attributes, including renewable energy credits generated by the facility, lowers the cost of the energy purchased by the Commonwealth
  • At the time the agreement was executed, the Commonwealth was projected to save $500,000 to $1 million in energy costs over the lifetime of the project
  • View the news release
  • 20 megawatts
  • Currently under development on approximately 193 acres in James City County, Virginia
  • Ground mounted single-axis tracking facility will contain approximately 66,900 photovoltaic panels
  • Expected to be in service in 2021
  • Offtake agreement is in place with The College of William and Mary for the output of this facility advancing their goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030
  • 100 megawatts
  • Constructed on approximately 1,188 acres in Greensville County, Virginia
  • Ground mounted single-axis tracking facility will contain approximately 319,500 photovoltaic panels
  • Expected to be in service in December 2020
  • CPCN approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission in January 2020
  • Environmental attributes are purchased by Facebook through Schedule RF to help them meet their goal of supporting its global operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2020

Dominion Energy built three large-scale solar projects that began serving customers in December 2016. The projects total 56-megawatts of installed capacity. At peak output, they are capable of producing enough electricity to power about 14,000 homes.

  • Scott: The solar facility produces 17-megawatts of electricity. It is located on 165 acres of land in Powhatan County
  • Whitehouse: This project generates about 20-megawatts and is located in Louisa County. It encompasses a 250-acre site
  • Woodland: The solar facility produces approximately 19-megawatts of electricity located in Isle of Wight County. The project is situated on approximately 200 acres

The three projects include facilities comprised of ground-mounted single-axis tracking solar panel arrays, which are a reliable, proven technology, and expected to have an operating life of 35 years.

These facilities also created more than 800 jobs during the construction phase and $74 million in economic benefits to three counties in the Commonwealth.

View a video of the three projects located in Powhatan, Louisa and Isle of Wight counties.

Amazon Solar Farm Virginia – Accomack

  • Located on 900 acres of land on Virginia’s Eastern Shore
  • 80-megawatt solar facility
  • Consists of more than 300,000 solar panels
  • Became operational in October 2016

Amazon Solar Farm Virginia – Arlington

  • Currently under development on approximately 1,400 acres in Pittsylvania County, Virginia
  • 120-megawatt solar facility
  • Ground mounted single-axis tracking facility will contain approximately 367,000 photovoltaic panels
  • Expected to be in service in 2022
  • Purchased from developer Open Road Renewables

Amazon Solar Farm Virginia – Buckingham
Amazon Solar Farm Virginia – New Kent
Amazon Solar Farm Virginia – Scott
Amazon Solar Farm Virginia – Sappony

  • In total, the solar installations at parcels in these four counties will cover a total of 472 acres
  • Four 20-megawatt projects from Virginia Solar LLC - a total generating capacity of 80-megawatts
  • Consists of more than 300,000 solar panels
  • Became operational in December 2017
  • The project was constructed by Strata Solar

Amazon Solar Farm Virginia – Southampton

  • Located on approximately 1,200 acres of land
  • 100-megawatt solar facility
  • Consists of more than 385,000 solar modules
  • Constructed by Signal Energy
  • Acquired from Community Energy Solar
  • Became operational in December 2017

AWS and Renewable Energy

The facilities are increasing the renewable energy on the electrical grid that supplies both current and future Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers located in the AWS U.S. East (Ohio) and AWS U.S. East (Northern Virginia) Regions. These projects bring the total capacity of our solar energy alliance with AWS to 260-megawatts.

AWS has publicly shared a long-term goal to achieve 100 percent renewable energy usage for its global infrastructure and has established a new target to be powered by 50 percent renewable energy by the end of 2017.

This small solar panel built on the roof of a parking garage will be a first-of-its-kind project for Richmond, Va.

  • 480 kilowatts
  • Currently under development on the top floor of the existing parking garage at our Tredegar Street campus along the James River in Richmond, Va.
  • Expected to be in service in 2021
  • Plan to contribute solar array revenue to support education initiatives in Richmond

Read more about the Tredegar project.

Dominion Energy, the University of Virginia and its Darden School of Business have entered into an innovative solar power partnership. Under the agreement, the University and Darden will purchase the entire output of electricity produced at a new, 160-acre solar facility in King William County for the next 25 years.

The UVA Hollyfield Solar project is capable of producing an estimated 17-megawatts of alternating current, a figure representing about 12 percent of the University’s electric demand. The Darden School, as a participant in the partnership, will assume responsibility for about 25 percent of the electricity production, which will enable the school to achieve its long-term zero-carbon goal.

Dominion Energy acquired the Hollyfield Solar Project as a development asset. The facility features approximately 65,000 solar panels, enough to power about 4,250 homes at peak output. The facility entered operations in September 2018.

Dominion Energy also acquired the UVA Puller Solar Facility as a development asset. The facility features approximately 58,800 solar panels and is capable of producing an estimated 15-megawatts of alternating current, which is equivalent to about 9 percent of the University's electric demand or enough to power about 3,750 homes at peak output. The facility became operational in October 2018.

Under a 25-year agreement, the University will purchase the entire output of the 120-acre solar facility located in Middlesex County.

In total, the two sites will produce 32 megawatts of solar energy and will offset about 21 percent of the University's electric demand.
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