0 to 1.3 GW in two years: Dominion fuels Southern solar boom

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Two states. 1.3 GW of utility-scale solar capacity. This is what Dominion Energy’s has done with solar in the past two years.

The power company says it has invested $1 billion in the two states where its utility subsidiary has service areas, Virginia and North Carolina, solar since 2016 to grow its portfolio from nearly nothing to 1.3 GW. When combined with the 1.4 GW of solar it has operating in seven states, Dominion says it is operating the sixth largest utility-owned solar portfolio in the country.

“It’s not just about Dominion Energy meeting its clean energy goals – it’s also about helping our customers achieve theirs,” said Paul Koonce, president and CEO of Dominion Energy’s Power Generation Group. “We have a responsibility to offer the right programs, resources and solutions so our customers can make smart decisions about their energy future, and the key is we’re doing it together.”

By 2043, Dominion says it expects to add another 5.2 GW of new solar generation to its portfolio.

The company is seeking approval from Virginia regulators for a 100% renewable energy option for its residential and small commercial and industrial customers, as well as an option for business customers to purchase renewable generation equal to a specific portion of their energy usage.They are also hoping to launch a  Community Solar Pilot Program in 2018.

The announcement follows on Dominion’s commissioning of South Carolina’s largest utility-scale solar project, the 71 MW Solvay Solar Energy-Jasper County solar project, nine days ago.

The power company says it installed 457 MW of solar in 2017, nearly tripling its previous installed capacity.