20-MW Solar Farm Approved for Clarke County

The project will generate enough energy to power over 3,000 homes.

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

Monson Solar Farm
Monson Solar Farm

Richmond, Va.—The Clarke Solar Farm received building permit from Governor McAuliffe. The facility, under development by Hecate Energy, will generate 20 megawatts of solar energy.

“Solar energy is an essential element of the all-of-the-above energy approach our Commonwealth needs to keep costs for businesses, families and taxpayers low and continue to build a new Virginia economy,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The new solar facility in Clarke County is an excellent step in stabilizing and reducing energy costs, while delivering clean solar power to the grid throughout the region. We will continue to invest in energy infrastructure and support innovative approaches to bring low-cost, renewable energy to all corners of the Commonwealth.”

Clarke Solar Farm will be equipped with high-efficiency photovoltaic modules, mounted to aluminum frames and attached to a fixed position racking and tracking system. The tracking system has a wide degree of rotation to maximize energy output with efficient use of available sunlight for electricity production.

“Climate change is a threat to the prosperity, safety, and well-being of future generations, but Virginia is leading the way in the fight for sustainability,” said Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward. “This state-of-the-art solar facility is a prime illustration of the Commonwealth’s commitment to clean energy.”

“We are very pleased to have completed our second Virginia Permit by Rule application for a utility-scale solar energy project in the Commonwealth” said Preston Schultz, director of development, Hecate Energy.  “Once again the Department of Environmental Quality was a pleasure to work with throughout this process and we look forward to breaking ground on this exciting project in Clarke County in the near future.”

Image courtesy of Hecate Energy