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US utility Dominion Energy has embarked on an initiative to expand its renewable energy and energy storage capacity in Virginia.

The utility is seeking proposals from developers for new solar, onshore wind and energy storage projects. The projects are expected to help Dominion Energy move closer to its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 and to align its operations with the Virginia Clean Economy Act.

The energy company is seeking:

Utility-scale renewable energy and energy storage projects

Dominion Energy Virginia is seeking proposals for up to 1,000MW of solar and onshore wind. The company may either purchase these projects or enter into power purchase agreements (PPAs) with third-party developers. The company also is soliciting bids for up to 100MW of energy storage projects. Projects must be greater than 3MW and located in Virginia.

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Small-scale solar projects

The utility is seeking proposals for up to 175MW of small-scale solar projects of which 80MW is planned for commercial operation in 2023 and another 95MW for 2024. These projects must be 3MW or smaller.

Community solar projects

The company is seeking proposals for up to 8MW of solar to support its Community Solar Pilot. Individual projects must be 2MW (direct current) or smaller.

Ed Baine, president of Dominion Energy Virginia, said: “Every day we’re making more progress toward a clean energy economy in Virginia.

“The proposals we’re seeking today are another major step forward. They will bring more clean energy to our customers, more small-scale projects to our communities and more clean energy jobs to our economy.”

Dominion Energy is currently developing the largest offshore wind project in the US off the coast of Virginia and has more than 5,200MW of solar under development or in operation in Virginia. Once completed, these projects will produce enough zero-carbon electricity to power nearly 2 million homes at peak output.

Projects are required to cooperate with local governments and ensure environmental justice for them to be shortlisted by Dominion Energy.