US power producer Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) has proposed a trio of solar farms for the US state of Virginia with a combined capacity of 56MW.
Dominion filed the projects, proposed to be constructed in Powhatan, Louise and Isle of Wight counties, with Virginia’s State Corporation Commission and said they could be connected to the grid by December next year if permission is granted.
The plans include the 17MW Scott Solar plant to be built on 165 acres of land in Powhatan County, the 20MW Whitehouse Solar site in Louisa County and the 19MW Woodland Solar site in Isle of Wight County, which Dominion intends to purchase from Coronal Development Services.
David Christian, chief executive at DVP parent company Dominion Generation, said the three projects form part of the company’s plan to develop 400MW of large-scale solar in Virginia by 2020, announced in February.
“Combined with our proposed solar facility near Remington, we are expecting to build 76MW of solar in 2016 as we continue moving forward to put more renewable energy on the grid for our customers,” Christian said.
Dominion said that if the SCC granted permission development would start next spring and that the total cost of the three projects, excluding cost of financing, would be around US$129.5 million. A study conducted by Dominion claimed construction would create 960 jobs and provide economic benefits of circa US$74.2 million to the state.