A site is chosen based on topography, access to the electrical grid, and other factors.
Step 2: Site-Control
The developer works with the landowner to come to an agreement on a land lease or purchase option.
Step 3: Interconnection
The utility studies the point where the project will connect to the grid to determine whether a project is viable in that location.
Step 4: Permitting
Local, state and federal government is engaged to ensure that the project is harmony with the community as well as with environmental and historical resources.
Step 5: Engineering
After field surveys, an engineering firm will design the layout of panels to fit the property.
Step 6: Construction
A certified construction team arrives and builds the system
Who Buys the Energy?
Utilities are identifying utility-scale solar as the cheapest form of energy generation for their customers.
There is a growing list of well-known corporations who have made commitments procure renewable energy. These commitments are not just about going ‘green’. These corporations see values in the low, fixed costs offered by utility-scale solar generation.
“Utility-scale” refers to solar energy generation facilities that contribute electricity directly into the power grid, just as conventional energy plants do. These sites are usually ground mounted and can range from about ten to several-hundred acres in size.
Will utility – scale solar create jobs?Lea Maamari2018-02-02T01:27:00-05:00
Local contractors will have the opportunity to bid on these projects and we always seek to hire local qualified personnel. Local businesses will likely experience increased revenue during the construction. Further, these projects put money in local landowners’ pockets who may spend locally.
Will this increase my electricity bill?Lea Maamari2018-02-02T01:26:29-05:00
The majority of solar projects in Virginia have sold their energy to corporate buyers meaning no impact on to the general rate payer. In the case that a utility does decide to procure solar energy, they do so because it is in the best interest of their ratepayer — Utilities are not mandated to purchase any solar energy in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Will it provide solar power to the nearby houses?Lea Maamari2018-02-02T01:25:59-05:00
Large-scale solar power plants provide energy to the wholesale grid, and are not directly connected to the nearby homes. Depending on how the electricity grid is configured some of the energy may travel to and be consumed by nearby users.
Who buys the electricity?Lea Maamari2018-02-02T01:25:29-05:00
Certain components of the farm would create a low-level hum equivalent to an average dishwasher (about 70dB) during daylight These components will be located so they are not audible from beyond the site.
Will it disturb my neighbors?SolUMarketing2018-02-02T00:45:32-05:00
During the construction phase of the project, neighbors may see equipment in the area and hear construction-related noise. Once operational, solar farms require infrequent equipment maintenance and periodic maintenance for the landscaping.