Dominion Energy Virginia and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority have announced plans to explore the development of a 100-megawatt solar energy project on approximately 1,200 acres at Dulles International Airport.
Dominion Energy has signed a sublease with MWAA to begin feasibility studies for the project. Electricity generated from the solar project would connect to Dominion Energy’s existing transmission line located on airport property.
A solar project of this size could power 25,000 homes at peak output and would be one of the largest solar facilities in Northern Virginia.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority on this ambitious, renewable-energy project.More than 24 million passengers flying through Dulles each year will witness the sun’s energy being used to generate clean energy for Virginians,” stated Keith Windle, vice president business development & merchant operations, Dominion Energy.
“Partnering with Dominion Energy on this important project will give us the data and tools we need to determine the role that solar energy can play at a major international airport now and in the future,” stated Airport Manager Mike Stewart.“This project fits well with the Airports Authority’s goal of enhancing the sustainability and environmental performance of our facilities.”
Dominion Energy has filed an application with PJM, the regional transmission organization that coordinates the electrical grid in all or parts of 13 states and theDistrict of Columbia, to interconnect the project to the transmission grid.The new facility could come online as early as 2023 and would be part of Dominion Energy’s goal toreduce carbon dioxide emissions55 percent by 2030 and would bring the company one-fourth of the way to its goal of having 3,000 megawatts of wind and solar in operation or under development by 2022.