Amazon Web Services’ project will quadruple solar energy in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is issuing the first Permit By Rule for an 80 megawatt solar facility that will be constructed in northern Accomack County. This project will more than quadruple the amount of solar energy currently installed in the Commonwealth.
Community Energy is the developer and owner of the solar facility. Community has partnered with Amazon Web Services in a long-term power purchase agreement that enables the project to be built. The power from the Amazon Solar Farm US East will be delivered into the electrical grids that supply Amazon Web Services’ data center activities, including those located in Northern Virginia.
“The partnership between Community Energy and Amazon Web Services, which will result in the largest solar facility in the mid-Atlantic, is indicative of the types of opportunities that my Administration is working toward through our commitment to build a new Virginia economy,” said Gov. Terry McAuliffe. “The solar energy industry holds tremendous potential for economic growth in Virginia in the coming years, and I look forward to bringing more projects like this to the Commonwealth.”