Dominion, a leading energy provider in the U.S, announced it has acquired two stand-alone solar energy developments in southwest Tennessee. Commercial operation is slated for the fourth quarter of this year.
The two projects are currently in late stage development by Strata Solar of Chapel Hill, N.C. All power and environmental attributes from both projects will be purchased by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) under their renewable standard offer program.
Interconnection to the electric grid will take place through facilities owned and operated by Pickwick Electric Cooperative of Selmer, TN.
David A. Christian, chief executive officer for Dominion Generation, said the projects are necessary to develop and maintain a diverse generation mix, ranging from traditional sources to renewable energy. “These two projects strategically align with our regulated and unregulated generation portfolio.”
Each of the two stand-alone, fixed-tilt photovoltaic solar projects, named Mulberry Farm and Selmer Farm, will produce approximately 16 megawatts (AC). They are located in McNairy County, near the town of Selmer.
Engineering, procurement and construction will continue to be handled by Strata Solar under the terms of the agreement. Once the projects are operational, ongoing operations and maintenance will also be handled by Strata Solar.
The acquisitions bring Dominion’s total solar generating portfolio to 212 megawatts. Along with the Tennessee projects, the company has 41 megawatts of solar energy facilities operating at sites in Georgia, Connecticut and