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June 1, 2016

State sets Oct. 13 hearing on Remington solar farm

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Dominion asserts the facility, generating electricity about 22 percent of the time, would cost its Virginia customers nothing over the project’s 25-year life.
The State Corporation Commission on Oct. 13 will conduct a public hearing on Dominion Virginia Power’s revised application to build and operate a 20-megawatt, utility-scale solar electric generating facility near Remington.

The 125-acre solar collection field and related equipment would stand along Lucky Hill Road. Dominion owns the site, across from the company’s natural gas-fired generating station for peak demand.

After Fauquier’s board of supervisors rezoned the site for the solar project last year, the SCC rejected Dominion’s plan because it failed to fully consider alternatives, the three-member commission.

Dominion in March announced a new plan, with Microsoft’s financial backing. Microsoft would buy Renewable Energy Certificates from Dominion to help fund construction of the generating facility, with 260,000 solar panels.

The revised project would not affect Virginia customers through cost of service, fuel rates, or rate adjustment clauses during a 25-year term, Dominion asserts in its new application.

If approved, Virginia’s largest utility expects the solar farm to begin generating electricity in October 2017.

The public hearing will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the SCC’s second floor-courtroom in the Tyler Building at 1300 E. Main St. in Richmond.

Anyone who wants to speak should arrive early and sign in with the SCC bailiff. The commission will stream audio of the hearing on its website.

Written comments must be submitted by Thursday, Oct. 6.

All correspondence should be sent to:
Clerk of the State Corporation Commission
Document Control Center
P.O. Box 2118
Richmond, Va. 23218-2118.

Refer to case number PUE-2016-00048.

Comments also may be filed on the SCC website.

Click the PUBLIC COMMENTS/NOTICES link and then the SUBMIT COMMENTS button for case number PUE-2016-00048.
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