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WGL Energy and Sol Systems completes 6 MW solar system in Virginia’s Danville Utilities territory

Power News - Published on Mon, 28 May 2018

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Kentuck Solar Project stakeholders, led by WGL Energy Systems a WGL company, and Sol Systems, a Washington, DC based solar development and finance company, joined to celebrate the completion of a 6-megawatt alternating current system located on 76-acres at 2048 Kentuck Church Road in Ringgold, Virginia.

Launched in May 2017 when the City of Danville hosted then-Governor Terry McAuliffe at a roundtable discussion on his Clean Energy Jobs tour, the project created approximately 80 jobs during construction, boosted the local economy and provided long-term, integrated resource planning for the City of Danville. The Kentuck Solar Project will provide enough carbon-free electricity to power 1,200 homes every year, supply 1.5 percent of the City’s power needs and establish long-term cost certainty for the utility.

WGL Energy serves as owner and operator of the project and Sol Systems has overseen the design, construction and financing of the system. The City of Danville Department of Utilities is purchasing the energy from the fully installed photovoltaic solar facility for the next twenty-five years to diversify its energy and capacity portfolio.

Mr Sanjiv Mahan, President, WGL Energy said that “WGL Energy is pleased to usher in more renewable energy sources in the great Commonwealth of Virginia and we are excited to celebrate our first solar project in Virginia developed with a committed and talented project team. We applaud the collaborative work and leadership from a distinguished group, and are proud to support Danville’s dedication to embrace the benefits of sustainable energy, including stabilized prices. We look forward to more opportunities to deliver diverse energy solutions in the state.”

Mr George Ashton, President of Sol Systems said that “This USD 10 million clean energy investment also spurred greater demand for local goods and services during the construction. We stand ready to work closely with other exceptional communities like Danville to bring many more utility-scale solar projects to Virginia.”

The site location stretches between Dan River Middle School, Kentuck Elementary, and Dan River High School, and connects to several sections of private property. The system has nearly 24,000 crystalline modules, and a recently planted vegetative buffer around the fence to preserve aesthetics.

Mr Jason Grey, Director of Danville Utilities said that “The City of Danville is thrilled to showcase an innovative project that reflects our commitment to creatively deliver long-term energy capacity to serve the community. Working together with an impressive group of project partners allowed us to make the project a reality and celebrate the system’s successful completion today.”

Mr Jared Schoch, President at TurningPoint Energy said that “After just over two years of signing the PPA for this project, we are pleased to finally see this solar project come to fruition. We made commitments to Danville Utilities, Pittsylvania County, Pittsylvania County Schools and our surrounding neighbors when we started this process and now we actualized a leadership solar project thanks to the efforts of our collective project partners.”

Summary of the project partners include:

Danville Utilities, the largest municipal electric utility in Virginia, is purchasing all the energy from the solar farm for the next twenty-five years.

WGL Energy, based in Tysons, Virginia, with more than 250 MW of distributed generation projects installed or under contract across twenty-one states and the District of Columbia, retains the solar renewable energy certificates, and owns and operates the system.

Sol Systems, based in Washington, DC with over 700 MW of solar delivered since 2008, served as the owner’s representative and development partner and maintained oversight over the design and construction.

McCarthy Building Companies, the engineering, procurement, and construction firm, built the system.

TurningPoint Energy, the developer, owns the 76-acre parcel of land that hosts the single-axis tracker array.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 28 May 2018
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