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Dominion’s 1 GW solar and energy storage expansion is approved

The plan features 15 Dominion Energy Virginia projects and 24 power purchase agreements with third-party developers.
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Dominion Energy Virginia's plan to add 1 GW of solar and energy storage capacity has been approved by state regulators.

The plan features 15 Dominion Energy Virginia projects and 24 power purchase agreements with third-party developers.

The Virginia State Corporation Commission signed off on the renewable energy expansion plan on March 15.

"This is another significant milestone in Virginia's transition to energy independence," said Ed Baine, president of Dominion Energy Virginia. "These projects will support thousands of good jobs and hundreds of millions in economic activity in communities across Virginia. This is a positive step forward for our customers, the environment, and Virginia's economy."

The Dominion-developed projects account for 664.6 MW of solar and 70 MW of storage and are expected to be completed in 2022 and 2023.

They include 11 utility-scale solar projects, two small-scale distributed solar projects, one co-located solar and storage project, and one standalone energy storage project.

The utility said that 4,200 jobs will support the projects, which are expected to generate $880 million in economic benefits across the commonwealth.

Virginia-based East Point Energy sold the 20 MW/80 MWh Dry Bridge Energy Storage project to Dominion Energy, which is expected to become the largest battery energy storage project in the Commonwealth of Virginia when it becomes operational.

Renewable Energy World has requested more information about the capacity of the planned energy storage projects which, outside of the Dry Bridge project, wasn't initially apparent from the announcement

The projects are in line with the goals of the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which requires 100% electricity sales to come from clean sources by 2045.

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