Dominion Energy is spending $1 billion to expand its solar facilities from near zero to 1,350 megawatts in service in Virginia and North Carolina in just two years, Kallanish Energy reports.
That’s enough electricity to power nearly 340,000 houses during peak sunshine.
Dominion Energy’s solar fleet is now the sixth-largest among owners of U.S. electric utilities, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. In addition, Virginia is now sixth among state rankings for solar energy.
Dominion Energy has 27 solar-generating projects on 4,683 acres, enough to generate 444 MW of electricity, that are in operation or development in Virginia.
Another 300 MW of solar are planned in Henrico County to support Facebook’s eighth U.S. data center.
In North Carolina, the utility has 13 solar projects totaling 353 MW online or will be operating by 2019.
Additionally, there are 82 projects owned by third-party developers that are operating or being developed totaling 550 MW.
The solar campaign has created 4,300 construction jobs in the two states and provided a local economic impact of $39 million, the Virginia-based company said.
The solar initiative is part of Dominion Energy’s efforts to meet the needs of their customers, said Paul Koonce, president and CEO of Dominion Energy’s Power Generation Group, in a statement.
Dominion Energy’s long-term energy forecast calls for another 5,200 MW of new solar generation to be brought online in the next 25 years.
At present, the company has nearly 2,700 MW of solar generating capacity in operation or under development in nine states.