Dominion Energy will soon have two new solar energy facilities that will grow jobs, strengthen the economy, and help the state become more eco-friendly.
The Richmond-based Dominion Energy company has acquired the 10-megawatt solar provider Clarke County Solar from Hecate Energy, to expand the use of solar energy and output of solar energy sources. Dominion Generation, a subsidiary of Dominion Energy, also has plans to buy Northampton County’s 20-watt Cherrydale facility in the fall. The acquiring of the two facilities will, together, be able to supply power to more than 100,000 businesses and homes in the state.
Once the two acquisitions have been finalized and are up and running, Dominion Energy will have a total of 25 solar facility locations, which will provide 409 megawatts of power produced by solar energy sources. The company has been very active in expanding its solar power portfolio as, last year, Amazon and Dominion reached an agreement in which Dominion purchased power sourced from two of the largest solar facilities in the Mid-Atlantic region to add to several other facilities that the company already owns and operates. The 117-acre Clarke County Solar facility is located in White Post, Virginia, and is already up and running. The Cherrydale facility, meanwhile, is in Kendall Grove and will be operational once construction projects at the facility have been completed. The acquisition of the two facilities will not only help Virginia become more eco-friendly; construction on both projects has already created nearly 300 new jobs for locals.
Meanwhile, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative has agreed to purchase solar energy produced from Dominion's facilities, thus promoting the use of solar power/sources and expanding business. The two companies are already working together at two other facilities in the state. Currently, Dominion has projects underway that will together provide 400 megawatts of electricity by the end of 2020. In all, the company now has solar power operations in nine states, with a 2,000-megawatt energy capacity from solar sources and projects. In addition, Dominion is also a provider of natural gas and oil, operating primarily in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina.
The company’s next endeavor will be to build an Atlantic Coast Pipeline which will supply natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina. By the end of 2020, the company will have invested $800 million in building facilities in the state, with another 5,200 potential megawatts being produced within the state over the next 25 years.