The state’s Department of Environmental Quality has defined solar panels as impervious surfaces for the purpose of measuring stormwater, which will increase project cost requirements.
The utility requests proposals for solar PV and onshore wind development as well as energy storage.
The property tax exemption follows on the heels of passage of the Clean Economy Act, which is expected create up to 29,000 solar jobs while providing market opportunities for distributed generation and utility scale solar.
The installation will be the largest in the state’s history by far, representing more than 10 times the capacity that the state has installed to date.
The company is accepting project bids that are at least 50MW in capacity. Battery energy storage may be included.
Harrisonburg Electric Commission will purchase power from the Acorn Solar project through a PPA with Dominion Energy.
Recurrent Energy completed the sale of the 150 MWac to Appalachian Power, the utility’s largest solar energy acquisition to date.
The project, supported by Virginia Clean Economy Act, will provide 50% of electricity needs and enable the school system to allocate energy cost savings to supporting student success.
Isle of Wight County Schools will now offset nearly 50% of the total electricity needs of seven of its schools with a combined 3.3 megawatt (MW) solar system. Standard Solar, Inc., a leading solar energy company, owns and operates the systems and provided engineering, design expertise and construction oversight.
A 2020 bill authorizes electric utilities to own and operate up to 200 MW of renewable energy facilities.
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