Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Coronal Energy, Powered by Panasonic, and Dominion Energy Expand Virginias Solar Energy Capacity


Energy, powered by Panasonic, a leading independent power producer

(IPP) and provider of turnkey renewable energy solutions, and Dominion

Energy, one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of

energy, are expanding Virginia's solar energy capacity by developing a

solar facility in Essex County that will add clean, reliable, and

affordable solar energy to the local power grid, introduce high-quality

jobs to the local economy, and provide tax revenue to the county and

state. This 174-acre, 20MW solar development project in Dunnsville will

generate enough electricity to power 5,000 single-family homes in

Virginia annually.

As one of the largest solar projects in the state, the Essex Solar

Center is evidence of both companies' commitment to sustainably

strengthen the solar industry in Virginia. It builds on

Charlottesville-based Coronal Energy's history of Virginia-sited

projects and was made possible through the state's recently implemented

permit by rule (PBR) process through the Virginia Department of

Environmental Quality (DEQ). This important regulatory framework

supports efficient renewable energy infrastructure initiatives while

ensuring the project will not impact the county's natural resources

during its lifecycle.

The E ssex Solar Center will also help Dominion Energy expand its

renewable energy portfolio. The energy will be procured by Dominion

Energy via a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) that enables the

company to purchase the power generated by the solar facility for the

benefit of its customers, while Coronal Energy continues to own and

operate the facility upon completion.

"The Essex Solar Center is a meaningful project because of the local

partnerships that are bringing it to life," said Kyle West, Vice

President of Real Estate, Coronal Energy(TM). "It epitomizes the results

that solar development at its best can achieve - powering a local

community with clean energy, new jobs and tax revenue by working with

landowners to develop a commercially viable solar facility that

interconnects with a renewables-focused utility."

Katheryn Curtis, senior vice president of Dominion Energy's Power

Delivery Group, said, "At Dominion, we are dedicated to providing

affordable renewable energy options to Virginia residents. Teaming up

with Coronal Energy on the Essex Solar Center allows us to serve our

customers through our PPA arrangement, bring jobs to the county that

will benefit the local economy, and align with the state's vision as

Virginia prioritizes clean energy initiatives."

Two parcels of land comprise the 174-acre solar facility: Approximately

70 acres are owned by the Southside Rappahannock Baptist Association, a

nonprofit organization. The area is the former site of the Rappahannock

Industrial Academy (RIA), a school that operated in the first

half of the 20th century, dedicated to educating the children

of former slaves. Revenue from the land lease will help support the

history and legacy of the historic site. The remaining acreage is owned

by a private landowner, Haile Properties, LLC. Both landowners'

participation in solar development encourages positive economic

development in the county and augments Virginia's broader renewable

energy generation and carbon emissions reduction efforts.

"This solar project enables RIA to maintain the property and continue

having a lasting impact on the people of Essex County by providing

services and enhancing opportunities for all the children in the area,"

said James Hill, President, RIA Task Force.

Danny Van Clief, Chief Commercial Officer, Coronal Energy(TM) added, "As a

solar company working in Charlottesville, we're particularly fond of

opportunit ies that arise where we have a local presence. The Essex Solar

Center enhances our sense of community and adds to our experience

developing in-state solar projects, including the similarly sized 20 MW

Woodland Solar Center in Isle of Wight County."

McCarthy Building Companies has been engaged as the engineering,

procurement and construction (EPC) firm responsible for building the

solar facility, which is slated for completion in November 2017. This

project will add an estimated 80 - 100 jobs in the county during the

construction phase, a number that boosts the 2,300 solar jobs Dominion

Energy has created in the state of Virginia and the more than 3,200 jobs

the solar industry brings to the Virginia economy overall.

About Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic

Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic, is a leading =aWoSWNwtVKA independent power

producer providing turnkey solar energy solutions tailored for diverse

enterprise customers across North America, including utilities,

corporations, and the public sector. It unites the financial strength of

a Fortune Global 500 company (#128) and Panasonic's award-winning

history of solar innovation and sustainability leadership with the

project development, finance, engineering, construction, and asset

management experience of Coronal Energy. The result is smarter solar

that translates to smarter business for customers. The collective

experience of Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic, includes projects in

40 states totaling 2.3 GW, with more than 3.4 GW of greenfield and

brownfield projects under construction/contract or in development. For

more, please visit

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About Dominion Energy
Dominion Energy (NYSE:D) is one of the nation's largest producers and

transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 26,200

megawatts of generation, 15,000 miles of natural gas transmission,

gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,600 miles of electric transmission

lines. Dominion Energy operates one of the nation's largest natural gas

storage systems with 1 trillion cubic feet of storage capacity and

serves more than 6 million utility and retail energy customers.

For more information about Dominion Energy, visit the company's website


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