Dominion acquires solar energy project on Virginia's eastern shoreStaff writer ▼ | November 17, 2015
Dominion Energy, a subsidiary of Dominion, announced the acquisition of an 80-megawatt solar facility in Virginia from project developer Community Energy.
Green energy The largest announced solar facilities in the mid-Atlantic region
Amazon Solar Farm U.S. East is located in Accomack County near Oak Hall, Va., on Virginia's Eastern Shore.
The facility's construction was enabled through a long-term power purchase agreement with an affiliate of Amazon's cloud computing business, Amazon Web Services (AWS). Interconnection agreements have also been secured with Delmarva Power. An engineering, procurement and construction contract has been signed.
AWS has publicly shared its long-term goal to achieve 100 percent renewable energy usage for its global infrastructure, with a milestone goal of achieving 40 percent renewable energy usage by the end of 2016.
The power from Amazon Solar Farm U.S. East will enable AWS to increase renewable energy on the electrical grid that supplies both current and future AWS data centers.
This is the first project that has been approved under Virginia's permit-by-rule process for renewable energy projects with nameplate generating capacities of less than 100 megawatts.
The statute streamlines the permitting process, allowing the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to issue bulk permits to construct and operate qualifying renewable energy projects.
The project is expected to qualify for the federal Investment Tax Credit. ■