IW, Surry have all the necessary elements

By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Dominion Virginia Power’s recent announcement that it plans to beef up its use of solar power comes at a time when solar farms are beginning to operate, or be approved, in Isle of Wight and Surry counties.

Isle of Wight has one farm near Longview, and other landowners have also been approached. In Surry, there is a farm on Chippokes Farm Road and another planned for a tract fronting Route 10 and Hollybush Road.

While those particular solar farms will be producing electricity for customers, they are not included in the 5,200 megawatts of power Dominion estimates it will need as part of its integrated resource plan, which looks 15-25 years into the future. 

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