Dominion Energy Virginia issued a pair of RFPs for smaller-scale projects to help lower its customers’ carbon footprint.
The Community Solar and Small Scale Solar RFPs will help the company meet its target of having 3,000 MW of new solar and wind energy in operation or under development by 2022 in Virginia. The company has committed to cut carbon emissions by 55% by 2030 and 80% by 2050 across the 18 states it serves.
The first RFP continues the development of the company’s Community Solar Pilot program. The voluntary program allows customers to purchase energy from new solar facilities located in communities throughout Dominion Energy Virginia’s service territory.
The second RFP encourages the development of solar installations up to one megawatt in capacity, including rooftop installations with a capacity of at least 50 kilowatts. Both RFPs seek third-party developers to build projects within Dominion Energy Virginia’s transmission and distribution footprint.
The solar expansion is enabled by the Grid Transformation & Security Act of 2018. The landmark legislation supports a dramatic expansion of small and large-scale renewable energy projects. It calls for 500 MW of solar energy from projects of 1 MW or less, 50 MW of rooftop solar from projects of at least 50 kW, and for one-quarter of the projects to be owned by a third-party. The legislation also provides the framework to transform the energy grid to allow better integration of renewable energy resources while ensuring safe, reliable and affordable service to customers.
The company also plans to issue another RFP in July for large scale solar projects as part of its commitment to have 3,000 MW in service or under development by the 2022.
News item from Dominion Energy