DominionVirginia Power is partnering with the U.S. Department of the Navy to build a21-MW direct-current solar plant at a Navy base in Virginia Beach, Va.
TheDominion Resources Inc.utility and the Navy announced plans July 19 to build the solar facility atNaval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach.
DominionVirginia Power, known legally as VirginiaElectric and Power Co., will build, own and operate the facility,according to a news release. This is the second solar projectDominion and the Navy are partnering on.
InSeptember 2015, Dominion North Carolina Power with the North Carolina UtilitiesCommission to purchase a 20-MW solar plant and sell the electricity generatedby the facility to the Navy.
"Renewableenergy projects, like the one at NAS Oceana and others throughout theMid-Atlantic Region, are win-win-win collaborations. They're good for theutility companies, good for our installations and good for the communitiessurrounding our installations," Rear Adm. Jack Scorby Jr., commander, NavyRegion Mid-Atlantic, said in the news release. "These projects increasethe energy security, energy diversity and energy resiliency of our bases."
Theproject must be approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission. Ifapproved, Dominion plans to have the facility online in late 2017.
"Thiscollaboration shares common goals — investing in the growth of renewable energyand helping to make the military's energy supply more secure," DominionResources Chairman, President and CEO Thomas Farrell II said.