About a week after announcing a utility-scale solar project in Virginia’s Buckingham County, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Va., has unveiled another large solar project in Northampton County.
According to a press release from the governor’s office, Hecate Energy LLC has received a permit for the 20 MW Cherrydale Project in Cape Charles, Northampton County. Once completed, the solar facility will provide enough energy to power over 3,000 households throughout the region.
“This project builds on important investments we are making in the solar industry across Virginia,” says McAuliffe. “Investing in clean, renewable power sources will continue to cut carbon emissions and increase energy security throughout the commonwealth. This is a significant step forward for the Eastern Shore, and I look forward to continuing to work with businesses and Virginians to expand access to clean energy sources, improve environmental stewardship, and grow the new Virginia economy.”
The release says construction of the approximately 185-acre facility will utilize a tracking system that maximizes energy output with the efficient use of available sunlight. The facility will interconnect with the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and A&N Electric Cooperative system. The “permit by rule,” issued by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, contains provisions to ensure the environment is protected at the Cape Charles site.
Preston Schultz of Hecate Energy LLC comments, “In my opinion, the Commonwealth of Virginia permit-by-rule process strikes the right balance between protecting critical local environmental, cultural and historical resources while at the same time providing opportunities for the new clean energy economy to take root and flourish in the Old Dominion.”