Utility Dominion Continues to Advance Virginia’s Clean Energy Goals with Solar Power and Batteries
U.S. utility company Dominion Energy Virginia proposed 15 new energy projects and 32 third-party power purchase agreements, totaling 1 GW of electricity, which Dominion Energy said was the largest group of projects clean energy to be submitted to the Virginia State Corporation Commission. (CSC).
Owned and operated by Dominion Energy, the projects include 11 large-scale solar projects, two small-scale distributed solar projects, a solar plus storage project, and a stand-alone battery energy storage project.
Governor Ralph Northam enacted the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) policy in 2020 which mandates 100% clean energy for the state by 2045 and requires 3.1 GW of energy storage to be deployed by utilities by 2035. It is the largest energy source in the United States. storage target so far of the nine different states that have one.
As one of Virginia’s largest utilities, Dominion’s share of this 2035 target is 2,700 MW. The stand-alone battery storage included in the latest proposal is Dry Bridge, a 20 MW / 80 MWh project from developer East Point Energy, which the utility acquired as part of a clean energy request for proposals (RFP). held last year. Dry Bridge is expected to come online in 2022 and will be the largest self-contained battery energy storage project in the state to date.
Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) signed for the production of 32 solar and energy storage projects operated by third-party suppliers were also selected through a competitive solicitation process.
“This is the largest solar and energy storage expansion in Virginia history and a big step forward in delivering clean energy to our customers,” said Dominion Energy Virginia President Ed Baine.
The construction of assets is expected to generate more than US $ 880 million in economic benefits throughout Virginia and will support nearly 4,200 clean energy jobs, Dominion Energy said in a press release.
In addition to SCC approval, each of the proposed projects requires local and national permits before construction begins. The distributed solar projects are also expected to be completed in 2022, with the remaining projects to be completed in 2023.
The projects will help Dominion Energy Virginia meet the goals of the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which requires that 100% of electricity sales in Virginia come from clean energy sources. here 2045.
In November of last year, Dominion Energy submitted proposals for nine solar projects in Virginia with a combined capacity of nearly 500 MW.
“We are focused on adding important renewable energy resources, such as solar and wind power, over the next 15 years, while maintaining our commitment to excellent reliability,” Baine said at the time.
Also last year, Storage-Energie.news explained how Dominion Energy Virginia had increased its energy storage targets by 700% and its renewables by 300% as part of its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to meet VCEA requirements. Its IRP aims to establish a total of 24 GW of offshore wind power, solar power and energy storage over the next 15 years.