Dulles considers solar boost

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Dominion Energy and Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority have announced plans to study the development of a large-scale solar project at Dulles International Airport.

The two organizations will jointly explore the development of a large-scale 100MW solar energy project on approximately 1,200 acres at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Dominion Energy recently signed a sub-lease with the Airports Authority to begin feasibility studies for the project. Electricity generated from the solar project would connect to Dominion Energy’s existing transmission line located on Dulles International Airport property, delivering clean energy for residential and commercial customers.

A solar project of this size could power 25,000 homes at peak output and would be one of the largest solar facilities in Northern Virginia, providing clean energy to the most populous region of the state.

“Partnering with Dominion Energy on this important project will give us the data and tools we need to determine the role that solar energy can play at a major international airport now and in the future,” said Mike Stewart, airport manager, Dulles International Airport. “This project fits well with the Airports Authority’s goal of enhancing the sustainability and environmental performance of our facilities.”
The new facility could come on line as early as 2023.

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