Dominion Energy Virginia has received approval from the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) for nearly two dozen new solar and energy storage projects, which will help meet the increasing energy needs of its customers.
According to the company, the projects are anticipated to produce over 800 MW of carbon-free electricity, enough to power approximately 200,000 households in Virginia. The renewable energy projects are expected to provide over $250 million in fuel savings to customers during their first 10 years of operation.
The SCC’s approval includes nine solar projects and one energy storage, with a combined capacity of almost 500 MW, owned and operated by Dominion Energy Virginia.
The projects include the 20-MW Bridleton Solar in Henrico County, 62-MW Cerulean Solar in Richmond County, 167-MW Courthouse Solar in Charlotte County, 3-MW Ivy Landfill Solar in Albemarle County, 20-MW King’s Creek Solar in York County, 60-MW Moon Corner Solar in Richmond County, 20- MW North Ridge Solar in Powhatan County, 3-MW Racefield Solar in James City County, 15.7-MW Shands Storage in Sussex County and 125-MW Southern Virginia Solar in Pittsylvania County.
Two of the projects, Ivy Landfill Solar and Kings Creek Solar, will be established on previously developed land. The company notes that Ivy Landfill Solar will be its first solar project developed on a former landfill.
The SCC has also approved power purchase agreements with 13 solar and energy storage projects, owned by independent developers.
The renewable projects are expected to generate thousands of jobs and bring in over $920 million in economic benefits across Virginia. Construction of the projects is expected to be completed by 2025.
Virginia plans to generate 30 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2030, according to the state’s Department of Environmental Quality. The goal is 5,500 MW of wind and solar capacity by 2028.
By 2050, according to the state’s commitment, 100 percent of Virginia’s electricity will be produced by carbon-free resources such as wind, solar and nuclear, according to the DEQ.