Today, Kentuck Solar Project stakeholders, led by WGL Energy Systems
(WGL Energy), a WGL company, and Sol Systems, a Washington, D.C.-based
solar development and finance company, joined to celebrate the
completion of a 6-megawatt (MW) alternating current system located on
76-acres at 2048 Kentuck Church Road in Ringgold, Virginia.
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WGL Energy, Sol Systems and other solar project partners join Danville Utilities, the mayor of Danville and local officials to celebrate the completion of a 6 megawatt (MW) solar facility in Virginia's Danville Utilities territory. The system is the largest municipal solar project in Virginia and WGL Energy's first solar project in the Commonwealth. (Photo: Business Wire)
Launched in May 2017 when the City of Danville hosted then-Governor
Terry McAuliffe at a roundtable discussion on his Clean Energy Jobs
tour, the project created approximately 80 jobs during construction,
boosted the local economy and provided long-term, integrated resource
planning for the City of Danville. The Kentuck Solar Project will
provide enough carbon-free electricity to power 1,200 homes every year,
supply 1.5 percent of the City's power needs and establish long-term
cost certainty for the utility.
WGL Energy serves as owner and operator of the project and Sol Systems
has overseen the design, construction and financing of the system. The
City of Danville Department of Utilities is purchasing the energy from
the fully installed photovoltaic (PV) solar facility for the next
twenty-five years to diversify its energy and capacity portfolio.
"WGL Energy is pleased to usher in more renewable energy sources in the
great Commonwealth of Virginia and we are excited to celebrate our first
solar project in Virginia developed with a committed and talented
project team," said Sanjiv Mahan, President, WGL Energy. "We applaud the
collaborative work and leadership from a distinguished group, and are
proud to support Danville's dedication to embrace the benefits of
sustainable energy, including stabilized prices. We look forward to more
opportunities to deliver diverse energy solutions in the state."
"This $10 million clean energy investment also spurred greater demand
for local goods and services during the construction," said George
Ashton, President of Sol Systems. "We stand ready to work closely with
other exceptional communities like Danville to bring many more
utility-scale solar projects to Virginia."
The site location stretches between Dan River Middle School, Kentuck
Elementary, and Dan River High School, and connects to several sections
of private property. The system has nearly 24,000 crystalline modules,
and a recently planted vegetative buffer around the fence to preserve
"The City of Danville is thrilled to showcase an innovative project that
reflects our commitment to creatively deliver long-term energy capacity
to serve the community," said Jason Grey, Director of Danville
Utilities. "Working together with an impressive group of project
partners allowed us to make the project a reality and celebrate the
system's successful completion today."
"After just over two years of signing the PPA for this project, we are
pleased to finally see this solar project come to fruition. We made
commitments to Danville Utilities, Pittsylvania County, Pittsylvania
County Schools and our surrounding neighbors when we started this
process and now we actualized a leadership solar project thanks to the
efforts of our collective project partners," said Jared Schoch,
President at TurningPoint Energy.
Summary of the project partners include:
Danville Utilities, the largest municipal electric utility in
Virginia, is purchasing all the energy from the solar farm for the
next twenty-five years.
WGL Energy, based in Tysons, Virginia, with more than 250 MW of
distributed generation projects installed or under contract across
twenty-one states and the District of Columbia, retains the solar
renewable energy certificates, and owns and operates the system.
Sol Systems, based in Washington, DC with over 700 MW of solar
delivered since 2008, served as the owner's representative and
development partner and maintained oversight over the design and
McCarthy Building Companies, the engineering, procurement, and
construction firm, built the system.
TurningPoint Energy, the developer, owns the 76-acre parcel of land
that hosts the single-axis tracker array.
WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a
leading source for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. With
activities and assets across the U.S., WGL consists of Washington Gas,
WGL Energy, WGL Midstream and Hampshire Gas. WGL provides natural gas,
electricity, green power and energy services, including generation,
storage, transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. Our
calling as a company is to make energy surprisingly easy for our
employees, our community and all our customers. Whether you are a
homeowner or renter, small business or multinational corporation, state
and local or federal agency, WGL is here to provide Energy Answers. Ask
Us. For more information, visit us at www.wgl.com.
ABOUT WGL Energy
WGL Energy delivers a full spectrum of energy offerings, including
electricity, natural gas, renewable energy, carbon reduction,
distributed generation and energy efficiency solutions provided by WGL
Energy Services, Inc. and WGL Energy Systems, Inc. To learn more, visit
us at www.wglenergy.com.
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ABOUT DANVILLE UTILITIES
Danville Utilities provides natural gas, water, wastewater and
telecommunications services in Danville and distributes electricity to
approximately 42,000 customer locations in a 500-square-mile service
territory covering Danville, the southern third of Pittsylvania County
and small portions of Henry and Halifax counties.
ABOUT SOL SYSTEMS
Sol Systems is one of the preeminent solar finance and development firms
in the United States, with an established reputation for integrity and
reliability. The company delivers sophisticated, customized services for
our institutional, corporate, and municipal partners. Sol is
employee-owned, and also backed by Sempra Energy, a $25+ billion energy
Over the last nine years, Sol Systems has delivered more than 700 MW of
solar projects for Fortune 100 companies, municipalities, universities,
churches, and small businesses. Sol now manages over $650 million in
solar energy assets for utilities, banks, and Fortune 500 companies.
Inc. 5000 recognized Sol Systems in its annual list of the nation's
fastest-growing private companies for four consecutive years. For more
information, please visit www.solsystems.com.
ABOUT TURNINGPOINT ENERGY
TurningPoint Energy is a clean energy advisory, development and
investment company headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Its principals
have experience developing solar projects totaling more than $2.4
billion in value over 1GW of operating solar power plants throughout the
United States within the last nine years. TurningPoint Energy is
structured as a privately held, lean company with some of the lowest
overhead and profit requirements in the energy industry, the ability to
make decisions quickly and customize our projects to each customer's
needs. For more information about TurningPoint Energy, visit www.turningpoint-energy.com
ABOUT MCCARTHY BUILDING COMPANIES
McCarthy's 150-year tradition of construction excellence and
innovation launched into the Renewable Energy market in 2013. Since
then, our Renewable Energy team has completed more than 30 utility-scale
solar installations in communities across the country, delivering a
combined capacity of over 1.3 GW of clean energy production. Nationally,
McCarthy provides Engineer, Procure, Construct (EPC) services on
utility-scale solar projects. Our engineering and construction services
offer in-budget development, constructability reviews, cost-estimating,
value analysis, schedule development, project management and schedule
control. We help private solar developers and utilities deliver
cost-effective, clean energy to private companies, universities, small
utilities and energy co-ops. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work
and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 20th largest domestic
general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2018). With
approximately 1,700 salaried employees and offices in St. Louis,
Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Phoenix;
Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; and San Diego, Newport
Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100
percent employee owned. More information about the company is
available online at www.mccarthy.com.
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