The project is expected to be completed by late 2017. Image: Dominion

The project is expected to be completed by late 2017. Image: Dominion

The Commonwealth of Virginia, Microsoft and Dominion Virginia Power — a wholly owned subsidiary of Dominion Resources — announced a partnership deal to develop a new project and provide 20MW of solar energy to the grid in Virginia, enough energy to to power 5,000 homes.

Terry McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia, said: "This agreement is a tremendous step forward in our ongoing effort to make Virginia a leader in the renewable energy economy. This partnership will help lower carbon emissions in Virginia and diversify our energy portfolio, while growing the solar and data center industries in Virginia. This is a prime example of the type of creative thinking and public-private cooperation we need to build a new Virginia economy."

Dominion Virginia Power will develop the project on land that it already owns in Fauquier County, next to the Remington generating station.

Thomas F. Farrell, II, chairman, president and CEO of Dominion Resources, said: "This forward-looking partnership will assist us in our continued commitment to increase the renewable energy available to serve our customers in Virginia Microsoft and the Commonwealth play key roles in making this large-scale solar project possible, and we look forward to working with them."

The project is expected to be operational by late 2017. 

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