- Dominion, working on a commitment to build 400 MW of solar energy in Virginia by 2020, has announced plans to develop a 20 MW project in a public-private partnership involving the state and Microsoft, the Associated Press reports.
- Dominion Virginia Power will construct the project on land it already owns in Fauquier County, with the project slated for service in late 2017, subject to regulatory approval.
- The state of Virginia has agreed to sign a purchase agreement with Dominion for 100% of the electricity generated from the project, while Microsoft committed to purchase and retire the green credits from the project to satisfy its sustainability goals.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the solar partnership in Richmond yesterday, touting the agreement as a "solid step" towards a cleaner energy future in the state, which AP noted is small in comparison to other states. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, Virginia has 21 MW of solar installed.
“This partnership will help reduce Virginia’s carbon emissions and diversify our energy portfolio, while growing the solar and data center industries in Virginia," McAuliffe said. "This is a prime example of the type of creative thinking and public-private cooperation we need to build a new Virginia economy.”
Dominion CEO Thomas Farrell II called the deal a "forward-looking partnership."
The project will "assist us in our continued commitment to increase the renewable energy available to serve our customers in Virginia,” Farrell said. “Microsoft and the Commonwealth play key roles in making this large-scale solar project possible, and we look forward to working with them.”