Governor Announces Large Renewable Energy Contract
19 October 2019 News
October 19, 2019
RICHMOND – Dominion Energy and the State of Virginia have agreed to the largest state contract purchase of renewable energy facilities to power state government in United States history.
Several facilities will provide 420 megawatts of renewable energy to government buildings by 2022. The contract with Dominion Energy comes in the wake of Governor Ralph Northam signing Executive Order 43. EO 43 sets clean energy goals for the future of Virginia, including having 30 percent of the state’s electric system powered by clean energy by 2030, and 100 percent of electricity coming from carbon-free sources by 2050.
“Virginia is leading by example and demonstrating how states can step up to combat climate change and advance a clean energy economy,” Northam said in a press release. “Moving our Commonwealth toward cleaner, renewable energy will require innovation, bold commitments and diverse partnerships.”
Four solar energy projects, three of which are under development, and one offshore wind project will provide the 420 megawatts. Apex Clean Energy is working on Rocky Forge Wind, which will be the first onshore wind project in Virginia. Belcher Solar, Bedford Solar and Walnut Solar are already in development and will provide 88, 70 and 90 megawatts at peak output respectively. The fourth unnamed solar project will provide the remaining generation needed to fulfill the contract.
Dominion Energy has already announced a large scale offshore wind project coming in Virginia. The energy company has set a commitment to providing over 3,000 megawatts of solar and wind resources in operation or under development by 2022. With this new contract with the state, when combined with prior projects under development, Dominion will have fulfilled 40 percent of that commitment.
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