On Friday, the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) approved more than a dozen new solar projects that will significantly expand Dominion Energy Virginia’s growing clean energy fleet.

The projects amount to 764 MW overall, including four solar projects totaling 329 MW that will be owned or acquired by Dominion Energy Virginia, and 13 power-purchase agreements (PPAs) totaling 435 MW with independently owned solar projects.

“These projects deliver on our promise of reliable, affordable, and increasingly clean energy for our customers,” said Ed Baine, President of Dominion Energy Virginia. “Through our investments in offshore wind, battery storage, and solar, Virginia continues to make progress on its clean energy transition.”

The approval marks an expansion of Dominion Energy’s growing solar fleet, which is currently the second largest in the nation. When those projects are complete, the company will surpass 4,600 MW of approved solar projects in Virginia, the company said.

Project Size Location
Beldale Solar 57 MW Powhatan County
Blue Ridge Solar 95 MW Pittsylvania County
Bookers Mill Solar 127 MW Richmond County
Michaux Solar 50 MW Henry & Pittsylvania Counties

The projects require local and state permits before construction may begin and are expected to be complete by 2026. The cost of the projects is estimated to add approximately $1.54 to the average residential customer’s monthly bill, Dominion Energy Virginia said.

Originally published in Renewable Energy World.

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