Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic, has partnered with Dominion Energy on a 20 MW solar project in Essex County, Va.
With a local office in Charlottesville, Coronal Energy will develop, own and operate the Essex Solar Center, and Dominion Energy will buy the project’s output under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). McCarthy Building Cos. will serve as the engineering, procurement and construction firm, and the project is slated to add an estimated 80 to 100 jobs in the county during the construction phase. Once completed in November, the 174-acre Essex Solar Center is expected to generate enough electricity to power 5,000 single-family homes in Virginia annually.
“At Dominion, we are dedicated to providing affordable renewable energy options to Virginia residents,” says Katheryn Curtis, senior vice president of Dominion Energy’s power delivery group. “Teaming up with Coronal Energy on the Essex Solar Center allows us to serve our customers through our PPA arrangement, bring jobs to the county that will benefit the local economy, and align with the state’s vision as Virginia prioritizes clean energy initiatives.”
Danny Van Clief, chief commercial officer of Coronal Energy, adds, “As a solar company working in Charlottesville, we’re particularly fond of opportunities that arise where we have a local presence. The Essex Solar Center enhances our sense of community and adds to our experience developing in-state solar projects, including the similarly sized 20 MW Woodland Solar Center in Isle of Wight County.”