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Dominion Virginia Power looking to build first solar energy plant in the state

Posted at 3:58 PM, Jan 21, 2015

Norfolk, Va. - Dominion Virginia Power wants to build the first commercial solar energy plant in the state.

The company says it will save money in the long run, but first there will be a slight surge in customer bills.

If Dominion Power gets its way, a field of solar panels will be soaking up the sun in Northern Virginia by the end of 2016.

Dominion filed an application with the Virginia State Corporation Commission to build a $47 million solar energy plant in Fauquier County – the first in Virginia.

Dominion wants to temporarily raise customer’s bills by $.04 each month during construction and then drop $.02 per month once it’s built.

At peak capacity, the Remington Solar Power Plant could power 5,000 homes.