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NC solar developers plan projects in Virginia

North Carolina solar developers Strata Solar LLC and SunEnergy1 are in the early stages of building two utility-scale solar projects in Virginia.

Mooresville, N.C.-headquartered SunEnergy1 LLC applied for a conditional use permit to develop a 20-MW solar facility in Hanover County on a 507-acre farm, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Chapel Hill, N.C.-headquartered Strata Solar LLC filed an application for a conditional use permit in Gloucester County as part of its plans to develop a 20-MW solar facility there, according to an article published by the Gloucester Mathews Gazette-Journal in Gloucester, Va.

Strata Solar applied to build the solar plant on an approximately 203-acre site that it will lease, the newspaper reported.

Strata Solar's main development focus has been in its home state of North Carolina. The developer, however, signed an engineering, procurement and construction, or EPC, contract in late 2016 with a subsidiary of Dominion Resources Inc. for four solar projects in Virginia.

Amazon Web Services Inc. is partnering with Dominion Energy Inc. on the development of the four 20-MW facilities, as well as a 100-MW solar project, all expected online in 2017. Signal Energy Constructors will serve as the EPC contractor for the 100-MW project.

SunEnergy1 has a vast portfolio of projects under development in North Carolina, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data. The developer also has plans for a few projects in Virginia, according to its website.