Utility Appalachian Power seeking 294MW of PV in short-term decarbonisation plan

Jan 6, 2022 02:25 PM ET
  • US utility Appalachian Power has actually unveiled plans to obtain or contract for almost 300MW of solar PV over the next three years as it transitions in the direction of internet zero standing by 2050.
Utility Appalachian Power seeking 294MW of PV in short-term decarbonisation plan
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The procurement plan, filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission last week, details how the Virginia-based utility is to meet its short-, medium- as well as lasting decarbonisations targets, as established within the Virginia Clean Economy Act.

The act, come on 2020 by Virginia's general assembly, dictates that utilities transition in the direction of an internet zero standing by 2050 as well as requires them to file annual plans with the commission, figuring out just how those plans are to be met.

Appalachian Power verified in its newest submission that just under 500MW of renewables projects will either be acquired or contracted for by 2025, comprised of 294MW of solar PV and also an extra 204MW of wind.

Its solar plans include the purchase of a 150MW project based in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, which today was exposed to be the Firefly PV project brought forward by Canadian Solar's project development arm Recurrent Energy. Construction on the installation is slated to start following year prior to commencing commercial procedures in 2024.

Appalachian is likewise looking for governing approval to procure the output of three additional solar farms, with a mixed generation capability of 89MW, in Virginia.

By 2040, the utility anticipates to have actually included some 3.3 GW of solar PV as well as 2.6 GW of energy storage projects to its portfolio.

Chris Beam, head of state as well as COO at Appalachian Power, defined the brand-new plan as the company's "most considerable declaring yet".

" The upgrade submitted with state regulators reflects the extensive analysis required to make sure adequate sources are in area to give budget friendly as well as trusted power for our customers while continuing to construct our renewables portfolio and meet our VCEA demands."

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