Dominion Virginia Power solar projects to create 960 jobs
RICHMOND, Va. — Dominion Virginia Power proposed to build 56 megawatts of large-scale solar facilities that would begin producing renewable energy by December of 2016. The total cost of the three projects is expected to be about $129.5 million, excluding financing costs.
The company filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission for certificates of public convenience and necessity for three separate solar projects that would be located in Powhatan, Louisa and Isle of Wight counties. If approved by the SCC, construction would start next spring, creating 960 jobs over the next two years and provide direct and indirect economic benefits to the state of about $74.2 million.
“These three projects represent the next step in Dominion’s commitment to build 400 megawatts of large-scale solar by 2020,” said David A. Christian, CEO for Dominion Generation. “Combined with our proposed solar facility near Remington, we are expecting to build 76 megawatts of solar in 2016 as we continue moving forward to put more renewable energy on the grid for our customers.”
The three projects were shown to be beneficial to customers as a result of a competitive Request for Proposals the company issued in July. Dominion is also pursuing power purchase agreements with other solar developers as a result of the RFP.