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Virginia to get utility-scale solar project in Buckingham County

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Staff Writer | August 11, 2016
Governor McAuliffe announced a permit for a new solar facility to be built by Firestone Solar, a subsidiary of Virginia Solar.
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Green energy   The approximately 200-acre facility
Once complete, the 19.8-megawatt project will be the first utility-scale solar generator of its kind in Buckingham County.

“This project is a significant step towards meeting Virginia’s renewable energy goals and is a harbinger of good things to come,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Construction of the approximately 200-acre facility is expected to begin early next year and to be completed by the end of 2017. Costs are estimated to fall between $30 and $35 million.

“Clean energy is the foundation of our economic and environmental future. Supporting Virginia’s solar industry and developing our renewable energy portfolio will safeguard our natural resources and allow our economy to flourish,” said Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward.

The “permit by rule,” issued by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, contains provisions to ensure the environment is protected at the Buckingham site.