Coronal Energy and Dominion Energy are expanding Virginia's solar energy capacity by developing a solar facility in Essex County. This 174-acre, 20MW solar development project in Dunnsville will generate enough electricity to power 5,000 single-family homes in Virginia annually.
The energy will be procured by Dominion Energy via a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) that enables the company to purchase the power generated by the solar facility for the benefit of its customers, while Coronal Energy continues to own and operate the facility upon completion.
"The Essex Solar Center is a meaningful project because of the local partnerships that are bringing it to life," said Kyle West, Vice President of Real Estate, Coronal Energy™. "It epitomizes the results that solar development at its best can achieve – powering a local community with clean energy, new jobs and tax revenue by working with landowners to develop a commercially viable solar facility that interconnects with a renewables-focused utility."
Katheryn Curtis, senior vice president of Dominion Energy's Power Delivery Group, said, "At Dominion, we are dedicated to providing affordable renewable energy options to Virginia residents. Teaming up with Coronal Energy on the Essex Solar Center allows us to serve our customers through our PPA arrangement, bring jobs to the county that will benefit the local economy, and align with the state's vision as Virginia prioritizes clean energy initiatives."
"This solar project enables RIA to maintain the property and continue having a lasting impact on the people of Essex County by providing services and enhancing opportunities for all the children in the area," said James Hill, President, RIA Task Force.
Danny Van Clief, Chief Commercial Officer, Coronal Energy™ added, "As a solar company working in Charlottesville, we're particularly fond of opportunities that arise where we have a local presence. The Essex Solar Center enhances our sense of community and adds to our experience developing in-state solar projects, including the similarly sized 20MW Woodland Solar Center in Isle of Wight County."