Dominion proposes 800 MW of new solar in Virginia

Dominion proposes 800 MW of new solar in Virginia
Dominion Energy Virginia’s Puller Solar facility in Middlesex County, Virginia. (Courtesy: Dominion Energy)

Dominion Energy has proposed more than a dozen new solar projects totaling nearly 800 MW of capacity in Virginia.

Dominion made the request to the Virginia State Corporation Commission on Oct. 4 which includes six projects (337 MW) that would be owned or acquired by the utility and 13 power purchase agreements (435 MW) with independently owned projects.

Construction of the projects will support more than 1,600 jobs and generate more than $570 million in economic benefits across Virginia, Dominion said. Additional details about the utility-owned projects are below:

Alberta Solar3 MWBrunswick County
Beldale Solar57 MWPowhatan County
Blue Ridge Solar95 MWPittsylvania County
Bookers Mill Solar127 MWRichmond County
Michaux Solar50 MWHenry & Pittsylvania Counties
Peppertown Solar5 MWHanover County

In addition to SCC approval, the utility-owned projects require local and state permits before construction may begin. If approved, construction is expected to be complete between 2024 and 2026.

The cost of the projects is estimated to add approximately $1.54 to the average residential customer's monthly bill. Dominion Energy Virginia's rates are currently 16% below the national average and 32% below the East Coast average, the utility added.