Dominion Virginia Power says more solar energy generation is on the horizon for its customers as the company works to complete the construction of three large-scale solar facilities in three Virginia counties: Isle of Wight, Louisa and Powhatan. When operational by the end of the year, the solar facilities will produce 56 MW at peak output, enough energy to power about 14,000 homes.
“We have made tremendous progress since we received all necessary regulatory approvals from state and local jurisdictions,” said Dominion’s Ruth Prideaux. “Our contractor, Amec Foster Wheeler, hired the best workers in the industry and reached out to include local hires, giving them the opportunity to grow their skills even more. We are creating a talented workforce who will be experienced in the construction of utility- and community-scale solar farms, whether they are working for Dominion or other energy companies.”
The facilities are at various phases of completion and are on schedule and on budget. According to Dominion, more than 800 construction jobs were created, with most being filled within the local communities. During the construction phase, the state of Virginia is expected to see a cumulative economic impact of $74 million from the 2015 planning phase to the completion of the projects.
The projects include the following:
Isle of Wight (Woodland Solar) – 80,000 solar panels will produce 19 MW at peak output, enough to power 4,750 homes.
Louisa (Whitehouse Solar) – 83,000 solar panels will produce 20 MW at peak output, enough to power 5,000 homes.
Powhatan (Scott Solar) – 77,000 solar panels will produce 17 MW, enough to power 4,250 homes. (To see a video of construction in progress, click here.)
Dominion says it is committed to bringing 400 MW of solar energy to Virginia through 2020. Other planned solar projects, pending regulatory approval, include the Remington Solar Facility, which is a partnership with the state government and Microsoft, and the Oceana Solar Facility, a partnership with the state government and the U.S. Department of the Navy.