Dominion acquires 32 MW PV projects in Tennessee


U.S. energy provider Dominion has acquired two stand-alone solar energy plants in southwest Tennessee.

The two projects are currently in late stage development by North Carolina-based Strata Solar and are set to begin commercial operation in the fourth quarter of the year.

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will purchase all power from both projects under its Renewable Standard Offer program, with interconnection to the grid to take place through facilities owned and operated by Pickwick Electric Cooperative of Selmer, Tennessee.

"This is another important addition to Dominion’s growing portfolio of solar energy,” said David A. Christian, chief executive officer for Dominion Generation. "We believe it is necessary to develop and maintain a diverse generation mix, ranging from traditional sources to renewable energy. These two projects strategically align with our regulated and unregulated generation portfolio. We are pleased to team up with TVA on the largest solar developments in Tennessee."

Strata Solar is using German inverter manufacturer SMA’s Sunny Central Inverters for the twin solar farms. Each totaling 20 MWdc (16 MWac), the two stand-alone, fixed-tilt PV projects, known as the Selmer and Mulberry utility solar farms and located in McNairy County, near the town of Selmer, will include a combined 36 Sunny Central 800CP-US inverters and 162,000 BYD solar modules. Together, they are expected to generate 63,125 megawatt hours of electricity annually.

"SMA is an internationally recognized producer of quality inverters,” said Strata Solar CEO Markus Wilhelm. “Not only are its products highly reliable, but the company also continues to evolve its inverters’ efficiency and capacity to meet their customers’ needs."

Strata Solar will handle engineering, procurement and construction services for the projects as well as ongoing operations and maintenance once the projects are operational.

The acquisitions bring Dominion’s total solar generating portfolio to 212 MW. Along with the Tennessee projects, the Richmond, Virginia-based company has 41 MW of solar energy facilities operating at sites in Georgia, Connecticut and Indiana, and an additional 139 MW are under construction in California. It also has various projects under development in Virginia as part of its Solar Partnership Program.

Serving utility and retail energy customers in 10 states, Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 23,600 MW of generation.