A U.S. naval air base in Virginia will soon be home to an 18-MW solar power facility.
Dominion Virginia Power (NYSE: D), the Department of the Navy and the Commonwealth of Virginia agreed to build the solar project at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach using 179,000 solar panels. Dominion filed a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity permit with the State Corporation Commission August 1. The plant is expected to be completed and operational in late 2017. In exchange for the nearly 100 acres that will hold the solar plant, the Navy will receive an alternative electric feed, which will increase energy resiliency on the base.
Dominion will retire, on the Commonwealth’s behalf, renewable energy certificates in an amount equivalent to the amount of RECs generated by the Oceana solar facility.
This is the second solar project Dominion has worked on with the Navy. In December 2015, construction finished at Morgans Corner, a fixed-tilt 20-MW facility spanning 110 acres and using 81,054 solar panels in North Carolina.