ARKANSAS, Oct 5 (Future Headlines)- Dominion Energy, a leading energy provider, has unveiled an ambitious proposal to usher in a new era of renewable energy in Virginia. The proposal, submitted to the Virginia State Corporation Commission on October 4th, outlines a series of groundbreaking solar projects with a combined capacity of nearly 800 MW. These projects aim to revolutionize Virginia’s energy landscape, ushering in cleaner and more sustainable power generation.

The comprehensive proposal encompasses a total of 19 solar projects, which include six utility-owned projects with a combined capacity of 337 MW and 13 power purchase agreements (PPAs) involving independently owned projects, totaling 435 MW. Dominion Energy’s vision for these projects goes beyond merely expanding its renewable energy portfolio; it’s about transforming Virginia into a renewable energy powerhouse.

The construction of these solar projects is poised to have a significant positive impact on Virginia’s economy. Dominion Energy estimates that the projects will support more than 1,600 jobs and generate over $570 million in economic benefits across the state. This represents a substantial boost to the local workforce and economy, contributing to job growth and economic stability.

Pending approval by the Virginia State Corporation Commission, these solar projects will proceed to the next stages, which include securing local and state permits. If greenlit, construction is expected to commence and conclude between 2024 and 2026. This timeline underscores Dominion Energy’s commitment to accelerating the transition to renewable energy while adhering to the necessary regulatory processes.

Transitioning to cleaner energy sources often entails financial considerations. Dominion Energy’s proposal acknowledges that the cost of these solar projects is estimated to add approximately $1.54 to the average residential customer’s monthly bill. It’s important to note that Dominion Energy Virginia’s current rates are favorable, with rates currently sitting at 16% below the national average and an impressive 32% below the East Coast average. This commitment to affordability ensures that customers continue to receive competitive pricing while embracing cleaner energy sources.

Dominion Energy’s proposal underscores its commitment to advancing renewable energy initiatives that benefit both the environment and the local community. By investing in these solar projects, Dominion Energy is taking significant strides toward achieving the following key objectives.

Dominion Energy’s proposal for these transformative solar projects is a testament to its dedication to advancing sustainability and clean energy solutions. As the global community grapples with the challenges of climate change and environmental degradation, initiatives like these are crucial steps toward a more sustainable and resilient future.

By expanding its solar portfolio and actively seeking regulatory approval, Dominion Energy is not only meeting the evolving energy needs of its customers but also contributing to a cleaner and greener Virginia. These projects represent a significant milestone in the journey toward a more sustainable and environmentally responsible energy landscape for the state.

Writing by Kevin Wood; Editing by Sarah White