September 28, 2015
Community Energy Plans Largest Solar Plant in Mid Atlantic
State Issues Final Permit to Community Energy’s 80 Megawatt Solar Plant in Virginia — Largest Solar Generation Facility in the Mid-Atlantic
EASTERN SHORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, MELFA, VA – Sept. 28, 2015 – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality issued a final Permit by Rule for the 80 MW Amazon Solar Farm US East, a solar generation project developed and owned by Community Energy on the Eastern Shore in Virginia. To be constructed in Accomack County starting later this year, the solar project will be the first of its kind in Virginia and will be the largest solar facility in the Mid-Atlantic. This project has a Power Purchase Agreement with cloud technology leader Amazon Web Services (AWS). The power from the project will be delivered into the electrical grids that supply Amazon Web Services’ data center activities in the central and eastern US.
“The partnership between Community Energy and Amazon Web Services, which will result in the largest solar facility in the Mid-Atlantic, is indicative of the types of opportunities that my Administration is working toward through our commitment to build a new Virginia economy,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The solar energy industry holds tremendous potential for economic growth in Virginia in the coming years, and I look forward to bringing more projects like this to the Commonwealth.”
“This solar project is a first for Virginia and a giant step forward for clean power on the East Coast,” said Brent Alderfer, President of Community Energy. “With this project, Virginia jumps to the lead in attracting the energy industry of the future, with web-technology leader Amazon Web Services as the first customer.”