Dominion Energy proposes 1 GW of solar + storage projects in Virginia

In its second annual clean energy filing with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC), Dominion Energy Virginia has proposed a group of new solar and energy storage projects in Virginia to serve its customers.

Credit: Dominion Energy

The proposal includes 11 large scale solar projects, two small scale distributed solar projects, one solar + storage project and one standalone energy storage project, which will be owned and operated by Dominion Energy Virginia. The proposal also includes power purchase agreements (PPAs) of 32 solar and energy storage projects operated by third-party suppliers, selected through a competitive recruitment process.

Once up and running, the projects will provide more than 1 GW of carbon-free electricity, enough to power more than 250,000 homes at peak power.

“Every day, the clean energy economy is becoming a reality in Virginia,” said Ed Baine, president of Dominion Energy Virginia. “This is the largest solar and energy storage expansion in Virginia history and a major step forward in delivering clean energy to our customers. As we expand renewables in Virginia, we continue to focus on keeping our service affordable and reliable. These projects deliver on that promise.”

Construction of the 15 utility-owned solar and energy storage projects is expected to generate more than $880 million in economic benefits across Virginia and support nearly 4,200 clean energy jobs. Below you will find more information about the projects owned by utility companies:

Utility-scale solar power

  • Camellia Solar, 20 MW in Gloucester County. To be acquired from Strata Clean Energy.
  • Fountain Creek Solar, 80 MW, Greensville County. Acquired from Clearway Energy.
  • Otter Creek Solar, 60 MW, Mecklenburg County. Acquired from Brookfield Renewables.
  • Piney Creek Solar, 80 MW, Halifax County. Acquired from Hexagon Energy.
  • Quillwort Solar, 18 MW, Powhatan County. Acquired from Cypress Creek Renewables.
  • Sebera Solar, 18 MW, Prince George County. Acquired from KDC Solar Virginia.
  • Solidago Solar, 20 MW, Isle of Wight County. Acquired from Standard Solar.
  • Sweet Sue Solar, 75 MW, King William County. Acquired from Invenergy.
  • Walnut Solar, 150 MW, King & Queen County. Acquired from a joint venture between Open Road Renewables and Eolian.
  • Winterberry Solar, 20 MW, Gloucester County. To be acquired from Strata Clean Energy.
  • Winterpock Solar, 20 MW, Chesterfield County. Acquired from Cypress Creek Renewables.

Small-scale distributed solar energy

  • Black Bear Solar, 1.6 MW, Buckingham County. To be acquired from Hexagon Energy.
  • Springfield Solar, 2MW, Westmoreland County. To be acquired from Hexagon Energy.

Energy storage

  • Dry Bridge Storage, 20 MW. Chesterfield County. Acquired from East Point Energy.

Solar energy + storage

  • Dulles Solar and Storage, 100 MW Solar & 50 MW Storage, Loudoun County. Developed by Dominion Energy Virginia.

The distributed solar projects and the stand-alone energy storage project are expected to be completed in 2022, and the remaining projects will be completed in 2023. In addition to providing clean energy to its customers, these projects will also help Dominion Energy Virginia meet VCEA’s RPS goals, which require 100% of Virginia’s electricity sales to come from clean energy sources by 2045.

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