Dominion Virginia Power filed an application with the Virginia State Corporation Commission today to build Virginia's first large-scale solar power facility. The 20 MW project would be built on about 125 acres of land owned by the company near the Remington Power Station in Fauquier County.
The facility would contain about 90,000 photovoltaic panels and at peak capacity would generate enough electricity to provide power for 5,000 homes. The estimated in-service date for the facility is October 2016.
Dominion has extensive expertise in constructing and operating a large, diversified generation portfolio, which includes 344 MW of solar power generating capacity in development, under construction or in operation across six states. A key benefit of the Remington Solar Facility is that Dominion can leverage this experience to successfully integrate utility scale solar generation to serve Virginia's energy needs.
In a separate application filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission, Dominion is seeking approval of a Community Solar pilot in Virginia. This pilot program, initiated by policy recommendations from several Virginia legislators, will allow customers to voluntarily purchase solar energy output from a Virginia-based 2 MW Dominion solar facility.