Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Va., has announced that the Kentuck Solar project, Virginia’s largest municipal utility solar farm, will begin construction this August. The Kentuck project is a 6 MW solar array that will be part of the generation mix for Danville Municipal Utility. When operational, the solar farm will generate enough electricity to power over 900 homes.
McAuliffe made the announcement during a roundtable discussion with local officials and stakeholders as part of his Clean Energy Jobs Tour.
“The clean energy industry holds great potential for economic development in all parts of Virginia, especially areas like Southside that have struggled with job growth as core industries have declined,” said McAuliffe. “I am pleased to see the leadership that Danville Municipal Utility is taking to provide its customers with more renewable energy that is cost competitive with fossil fuels. The City of Danville is taking the lead on this issue in Virginia, and I am hopeful other communities will follow its example and reap the economic and community benefits that come from increased use of renewable energy.”
“Working with private- and public-sector partners to increase solar energy production in Virginia is a key priority of this administration,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. “Almost 200 MW of solar have been installed in Virginia since 2014 and solar jobs have increased 65 percent over the last year, making the commonwealth one of the fastest-growing solar job markets in the country. I am proud that my home region is embracing the renewable energy industry.”
The roundtable discussion included Jason Grey, director of utilities for the City of Danville; Joe Davis, commissioner for the Dan River District of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors; and representatives from Sol Systems and Turning Point Energy, the solar developers constructing the project.
The project is estimated to be a more than $10 million investment and will power up to 1.5% of Danville Municipal Utility’s power needs once operational. The array will be located between Dan River Middle, Kentuck Elementary and Dan River High schools in Pittsylvania County.
“The City of Danville is excited to host the governor and discuss the plans for the construction of the 6 MW Kentuck solar project slated to be completed by the end of 2017,” said Grey. “We look forward to this project providing energy and capacity to our electric customers for many years to come.”