Dominion proposes 800 MW of new solar and storage in Virginia

Dominion Energy Virginia has asked state regulators to approve nearly two dozen new solar and energy storage projects totaling 800 MW of capacity.

The proposal includes 10 solar and energy storage projects, totaling nearly 500 MW, that would be owned and operated by Dominion Energy Virginia. The proposal also includes power purchase agreements (PPAs) with 13 solar and energy storage projects, totaling more than 300 MW, that are owned by independent developers. The PPAs were selected through a competitive solicitation process.

The projects are part of Dominion Energy Virginia’s third annual clean energy filing and must be approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission. The proposed utility-owned projects require local and state permits before construction may begin.

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If approved, the projects are expected to be completed between 2023 and 2025, and would add around $0.38 to the average residential customer’s monthly bill. 

Construction could support nearly 4,800 clean energy jobs and generate more than $920 million in economic benefits across Virginia, the utility said.

Additional details about the utility-owned projects are below:

Utility-Scale Solar
Bridleton Solar 20 MW Henrico County Acquired from Vega Renewables, LLC
Cerulean Solar 62 MW Richmond County To be acquired from Strata Clean Energy
Courthouse Solar 167 MW Charlotte County Acquired from NOVI Energy
King’s Creek Solar 20 MW York County Acquired from KDC Solar Virginia
Moon Corner Solar 60 MW Richmond County Developed by Dominion Energy Virginia
North Ridge Solar 20 MW Powhatan County Acquired from North Ridge Powhatan Solar, LLC
Southern Virginia Solar 125 MW Pittsylvania County Acquired from Strata Clean Energy
Distributed Solar
Ivy Landfill Solar 3 MW Albemarle County To be acquired from Community Power Group
Racefield Solar 3 MW James City County Acquired from Hexagon
Utility-Scale Energy Storage
Shands Storage 15.7 MW Sussex County Acquired from East Point Energy

The projects are expected to help meet requirements of the Virginia Clean Economy Act’s (VCEA) renewable portfolio standard, which requires Dominion Energy Virginia to generate 100% of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045.

Two of the projects – Kings Creek Solar and Ivy Solar – would be built on previously developed land in support of the VCEA’s requirement for at least 200 MW of solar on brownfield sites.

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Author: John Engel