The state of solar development in Virginia can be evaluated by key factors such as federal and local regulations, incentives, grid interconnection and integration. The current state of development activity in Virginia is growing and can be seen in this analysis summarizing all facets of solar energy project development.
We will break down the various federal and state incentives available to solar energy developers in Virginia and how to access them.
As of August 2023, Virginia has 66 solar farms already operating with a current capacity of 2,774 MW1 and a current electricity generation of 617,203 MWh. Virginia has a significant amount of operating solar farms compared to the other states in the US, and it has one the largest development of solar farms with 15 solar farms under construction of 186 MW capacity total, 61 planned solar farms with 1,890 MW capacity total, as well as 56 Utility-Scale Queued projects and 4 site control projects. Overall, if all planned and under construction farms go into operating status, Virginia will expand its capacity by 2,075 MW. That’s a 75% growth in capacity for the state! In Virginia, the average solar farm size is 217 acres producing 42.7 MW of electricity under ideal conditions. So a solar farm in Virginia needs an average of 5 acres per MW of capacity.
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