DEPCOM Power announced it has begun construction on the Altavista Solar project near Lynch Station, Virginia. The 113-MWDC utility-scale solar plant will span across approximately 720 acres and is being engineered and constructed by DEPCOM for Liberty Power Corp. Facebook is purchasing 61.6 MW of solar from the project through a PPA.
Developed by Apex Clean Energy, Altavista Solar will be the first utility-scale solar project in Campbell County and generate over $1.8 million in local tax revenue over the project’s 35-year lifetime. The project is expected to be completed by the end of year.
Focused on empowering the local community, the solar project will generate approximately 300 jobs during construction, with a goal of hiring local craft and U.S. veterans. DEPCOM’s “Buy American” policy will focus on investing nearly 80% percent of the project’s utility solar spend including Tier 1 American suppliers, along with contracting local businesses for services.
DEPCOM has engineered, built and operates two other solar plants in Virginia in addition to having two more currently under construction in the state.
The safety and well-being of contractors and employees remains DEPCOM’s top priority while building the project during the COVID-19 restrictions. Classified as essential critical infrastructure workers, DEPCOM’s safety crews will operate in accordance with all applicable governmental authority’s public health daily statements and guidelines.
DEPCOM G.I.V.E.S., a non-profit organization committed to empowering the local communities where DEPCOM builds and operates solar plants for its customers, will focus charitable donations across greater Campbell County on behalf of the project, aimed at supporting COVID-19 relief efforts, the impoverished, veterans, education, and community solar initiatives.
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