Dominion buys Canadian Solar plant in California


Virginia-based energy group Dominion has bought the 20 MW West Antelope Solar Park in California from Canadian Solar.

Located near the Los Angeles County city of Lancaster, West Antelope Solar Park has begun operation with a 20-year power purchase agreement in place with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

David A. Christian, CEO of the group’s Dominion Generation unit, said the company was expending its solar footprint while reducing its carbon emissions intensity, adding, “We plan to continue pursuing additional solar opportunities."

With the addition of the West Antelope Solar Park, Dominion now has 344 MW of solar generating capacity in development, under construction or in operation across six states, although about 220 MW of that are in California.

Dominion Virginia Power, an electric utility serving 2.5 million customer accounts in Virginia and northeast North Carolina, also has various projects in operation or under development as part of its Solar Partnership Program. The company’s renewable portfolio also includes approximately 850 MW of capacity generated by biomass, water and wind.

Canadian Solar supplied 94,340 high performance CS6X-300/305P Quartech PV modules for the West Antelope Solar Park, which covers 263 acres of land. White Construction provided engineering, procurement and construction services for the project, whose total output will be enough to power more than 6,100 homes.

According to Canadian Solar Chairman and CEO Shawn Qu, the solar park is the largest project that Canadian Solar has ever developed, built and sold in the United States.