Dominion Energy has acquired two 5 MW solar generating facilities in North Carolina, as well as announced plans to purchase two other solar farms totaling approximately 10 MW in the state, from subsidiaries of Chapel Hill, N.C.-based Strata Solar.
Dominion Energy says its solar portfolio in North Carolina and Virginia includes more than 600 MW of capacity owned by one of the company’s generation-holding subsidiaries and more than 500 MW of solar capacity under contract by Dominion Energy’s electric utilities in the two states. Together, these arrays could produce enough electricity to power 275,000 homes and businesses, according to the company.
“With these acquisitions, Dominion Energy is well on its way to bringing into service more than 700 MW of solar energy in North Carolina and Virginia by the end of 2018,” says Keith Windle, vice president of business development and merchant operations. “We will continue to develop and acquire clean energy projects that help customers meet their energy needs.”
Dominion Energy has closed on the two 5 MW facilities in North Carolina – Fremont in Wayne County and Moorings 2 in Lenoir County. The company expects to purchase the Clipperton and Pikeville projects – each about 5 MW and under construction in Sampson County and Wayne County, respectively – when they are completed, anticipated later in the third quarter. Agreements are in place for sale of the off-take from the solar facilities.
Dominion Energy says it has more than 2 GW of solar generating capacity – including company-owned assets and assets that are contracted by Dominion Energy utilities – in operation or under development in nine states.