The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) has approved nearly two dozen new solar and energy storage projects.
Once in operation, the projects will generate more than 800MW of carbon-free electricity, enough to power about 200,000 Virginia homes at peak output.
The projects are expected to deliver more than $250 million in fuel savings for customers during their first ten years of operation, a statement said.
The SCC approval includes nine solar projects and one energy storage project â€“totalling nearly 500 MW â€“ that will be owned and operated by Dominion Energy Virginia. Two of the projects â€“ Kings Creek Solar and Ivy Landfill Solar â€“ will be built on previously developed land. Ivy Landfill Solar will be the company’s first solar project developed on a former landfill. The SCC also approved power purchase agreements (PPAs) with 13 solar and energy storage projects â€“ totalling more than 300 MW â€“ that are owned by independent developers.
Construction of the projects is projected to support â€œthousands of jobsâ€ and more than $920 million in economic benefits across Virginia, the statement said.