A partnership has been approved by the Arlington County Board with Dominion Energy to purchase power from a solar farm being constructed near Danville, Virginia. Arlington County will purchase 31.7% of the power that the solar farm, being called the Amazon Arlington Solar Farm, generates under a 17-year contract.
According to wtop.com, “Under a separate agreement, Amazon will purchase the rest of the annual output, and will use it to power buildings that are part of its HQ2 in Crystal City, Pentagon City, and Pentagon Row. The facility, which will come online in late 2022, will generate 79,000 megawatt-hours of electricity annually. Arlington County will use its share for county buildings and other county-owned facilities and infrastructure.”
Libby Garvey, county board chair said, “This is a groundbreaking partnership for the county. It will take us a long way toward our goal of 100% use of renewable sources for all electricity used in government operations by 2025.
As per wtop.com, “Arlington County’s Community Energy Plan has set a goal of at least 50% of the electricity for county operations to come from renewable sources by 2022. If fully implemented, this agreement with Dominion will put the county well past that goal. Dominion Energy will start construction on the Pittsylvania County solar farm this year on 1,500 acres of land that is primarily agricultural land.”