Department of the Navy, Dominion Virginia Power Agree to Develop More Solar in Virginia

Story Number: NNS160719-04Release Date: 7/19/2016 9:11:00 AM
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From Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of the Navy (DON) and Dominion Virginia Power (Dominion) announced plans today to build a 21 megawatt (MW) direct current (DC) (18 MW alternating current) solar facility at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

This is the second solar project that the DON has collaborated on with Dominion. On Sept. 15, 2015, the DON awarded a 10-year contract to purchase 25 MW DC, equivalent to six percent of Naval Station (NS) Norfolk's electricity needs.

In exchange for the use of DON land, NAS Oceana will receive in-kind consideration in the form of electrical infrastructure upgrades. Dominion will build, own, operate and maintain the 21 MW DC facility for 37 years.

"Renewable energy projects, like the one at NAS Oceana and others throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, are win-win-win collaborations. They're good for the utility companies, good for our installations and good for the communities surrounding our installations," said Rear Adm. Jack Scorby, Jr., commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. "These projects increase the energy security, energy diversity and energy resiliency of our bases. Energy security, or having assured access to reliable supplies of energy and the ability to protect and deliver sufficient energy to meet mission-essential requirements, is critical to our installations' roles to support the Fleet."

NAS Oceana's Commanding Officer, Capt. Louis J. Schager, Jr., highlighted the value of this project for NAS Oceana and the local community. "We have a great relationship with the surrounding community and by hosting this facility we are helping to make the regional grid more diverse and, therefore, more resilient. Bottom line, this project will advance our mission to support the fleet while benefitting our Navy family as well as the community."

"Our thanks to the Department of the Navy for their partnership on this important solar installation," said Thomas F. Farrell II, Dominion chairman, president and CEO. "This collaboration shares common goals--investing in the growth of renewable energy and helping to make the military's energy supply more secure."

The project requires approval from the Virginia State Corporation Commission. Dominion plans to submit that request this summer and anticipates the facility to be completed and operational in late 2017.

The Secretary of the Navy established a goal to bring one gigawatt of renewable energy into procurement by the end of 2015, which the DON surpassed by collaborating with industry to develop mutually beneficial energy resources. The DON is exploring the next level of energy technology advances such as battery storage, electrification, fuel cells and microgrids to further enhance its energy security, operational capability, strategic flexibility and resource availability.

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