Construction is expected to begin by year's end on Amazon Solar Farm U.S. East, one of the largest solar facilities planned for the mid-atlantic region. The farm should be operational by fall 2016.
"We look forward to expanding our relationship with Amazon as it seeks to increase the mix of renewable energy on the electric grid powering its data centers," said Thomas F. Farrell II, Dominion chairman, president and chief executive officer. "This project also shows Dominion's commitment to building additional clean, renewable solar facilities in Virginia."
A long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) for the solar farm's capacity is in place with Amazon Web Services, which has a goal of achieving 100-ercent renewable energy usage. With the completion of the solar farm, AWS expects to achieve 40-percent renewable energy usage by the end of 2016.
"This ground-breaking solar project in Virginia shows what can happen when you bring together a national energy leader like Dominion and a global web services provider like Amazon Web Services with forward-looking leaders in Accomack County and the Commonwealth of Virginia," said Brent Alderfer, president of Community Energy, Inc., developer of the project. "This is a model for a new solar industry in the region and nationally."
Dominion already has 425 MW of solar generating capacity in operation or expected to come online by the end of 2015.