Planned Industrial-Scale Solar Projects

Notes: An average coal-based power plant is approximately 600 MW. An average natural gas-based power plant is around 800 MW. Lake Anna’s nuclear power plant produces 1.79 gigawatts of power with 2 generators. There are 640 acres in 1 square mile.

Culpeper Co., VA / Stevensburg

  • Total acreage: 1,300+ acres
  • Area covered by solar arrays: 1,000 acres
  • Expected power generation in megawatts*: 100 MW
  • Expected life of project: 40 years
  • Owner/operator: NextEra Energy Resources (Florida), acquired from Greenwood Energy (Texas)
  • Status: Planning Commission voted to deny. Approved by Culpeper Board of Supervisors (3-2, 2 absentsions). Approval being challenged in court.

Culpeper Co., VA / Raccoon Ford

  • Total acreage: 1,801.1* 1,335.98 acres
  • Area covered by solar arrays: 930+* 807 acres
  • Expected power generation in megawatts: 80 MW
  • Expected life of project: 40 years
  • Owner/operator: Cricket Solar, LLC, wholly owned by BayWa r.e. (German subsidiary, through Solar Projects LLC); Geenex Solar (North Carolina), co-developer
  • Status: Planning Commission public hearing August 14, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • *new application filed with Planning Commission on July 1, 2019

Spotsylvania Co., VA / Spotsylvania

  • Total acreage: 6,350 acres
  • Area covered by solar arrays: 3,500 acres
  • Expected power generation in megawatts: 500 MW
  • Expected life of project: 35 years
  • Owner/operator: sPower
  • Status: Planning Commission voted to approve scaled-down project.
  • Board of Supervisors approved entire project.

Virginia Renewable Energy Projects – Notices of Intent (current as of May 19, 2019)

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