Construction underway on Isle of Wight solar farm

(Photo: Dominion Virginia Power)

ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. (WAVY) — Construction has begun on three large-scale solar facilities in Isle of Wight, Louisa and Powhatan counties.

Dominion Virginia Power says that when the solar farms are operational by the end of the year, they will produce 56 megawatts of emission-free power at peak output. That’s enough energy to power about 14,000 homes. Each facility is on schedule and staying within the budget, Dominion says.

The projects are:

  • Isle of Wight (Woodland Solar) – 80,000 solar panels will produce 19 megawatts at peak output, enough to power 4,750 homes.
  • Louisa (Whitehouse Solar) – 83,000 solar panels will produce 20 megawatts at peak output, enough to power 5,000 homes.
  • Powhatan (Scott Solar) – 77,000 solar panels will produce 17 megawatts, enough to power 4,250 homes.

The projects created more than 800 construction jobs throughout the state, most of which were filled by local people.

Dominion has another planned solar project in Virginia Beach. Oceana Solar Facility will be a 17.6 megawatt facility and will have about 179,000 solar panels. It’s being built in partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia and the U.S. Navy.