Govs Get It Done: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Announces Largest Renewable Energy Contract In The Nation
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced a new agreement representing the largest contract any state has negotiated to buy renewable energy to power state government. The historic contract puts Virginia state government on track to meet the ambitious goal of having 30 percent of the electricity consumed by state agencies and institutions to come from renewable sources.
Last month, Gov. Northam set a goal for Virginia to produce 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050 and an intermediate goal of 30 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030. With this momentous announcement, Gov. Northam is making good on that promise and leading Virginia to a clean energy future.
Read more about Virginia’s ambitious new renewable energy contract below:
WTOP: Virginia signs record renewable energy deal with Dominion
Under the agreement, Dominion will supply the Commonwealth with 420 megawatts of renewable energy, including 75-megawatts from wind projects and four proposed solar projects totaling 345 megawatts scheduled to come online in stages over the next three years.
As part of the agreement Virginia has agreed to pay significantly higher rates for the wind energy than the solar energy.
All of the projects will be dedicated solely to state-owned offices, universities and other facilities, and will generate the equivalent of powering more than 100,000 homes.
AP: Northam announces new renewable energy contract
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is announcing a new agreement to power state government buildings with more renewable energy. That includes energy from the state’s first commercial on-shore wind farm, which has struggled to find a buyer.
Northam announced a deal with electric utility Dominion Energy Friday for the state to buy 420 megawatts of renewable energy from four solar farms and a planned wind farm in Botetourt County.
WVEC-TV: Gov. Northam announces largest state renewable energy contract in the nation
This state contract will ensure that by 2022, 30 percent of the electricity consumed by state agencies and institutions in Virginia comes from renewable sources, meeting an ambitious goal the Governor set forth last month in Executive Order Forty-Three.
The agreement with Dominion Energy includes 75 megawatts of wind energy from Apex Clean Energy, in what will be Virginia’s first-ever onshore wind farm. Northam said Apex Clean Energy is working with state and local authorities to develop the Rocky Forge wind energy project in Botetourt County.