Dominion, Facebook announce six new solar facilities in Virginia, North Carolina

A solar array. (Getty Images)

Dominion Energy and Facebook announced Monday six new solar facilities, three each in Virginia and North Carolina, dedicated to Facebook’s operations.

While some are already completed, all the facilities are due to gradually become operational by mid-2020. According to a news release, they’re to help the two companies achieve complementary goals: for Dominion to have 3,000 megawatts of new solar and wind energy either in operation or under development by 2022, and for Facebook to reach 100 percent renewable energy for all its global operations by the end of 2020.

The new facilities will add 350 megawatts of solar energy to Dominion’s portfolio, in addition to its planned two solar projects in Surry County which total 240 megawatts. Together, they total 590 megawatts, enough to power more than 147,000 homes at peak output.

The new projects include:

  • 20 MW Montross Solar in Westmoreland County, Va.
  • 20 MW Gloucester Solar in Gloucester, Va.
  • 80 MW Grasshopper Solar in Mecklenburg, Va.
  • 75 MW Chestnut Solar in Halifax County, N.C.
  • 75 MW Pecan Solar in Northampton County, N.C.
  • 80 MW Gutenberg Solar in Northampton County, N.C

The facilities in Westmoreland County and Gloucester have already been completed.

Dominion already has 30 solar facilities totaling 884 megawatts, the news release states.