Washington Dulles International Airport is being considered by Dominion Energy Virginia and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority as the future home of a large-scale solar energy project, according to company officials.
Dominion representatives say the company signed a sublease with MWAA to begin feasibility studies for the proposed project, which would cover approximately 1,200 acres at the airport and would deliver clean energy for residential and commercial customers. Electricity generated from the project would connect to Dominion's existing transition line located on the airport's property.
A solar project of the proposed size would generate 100 megawatts of solar energy, which could power as many as 25,000 homes and would be one of the largest solar facilities in the region, according to Dominion.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority on this ambitious, renewable energy project," Dominion Energy Vice President of Business Development and Merchant Operations Keith Windle said in a prepared statement. "More than 24 million passengers flying through Dulles each year will witness the sun’s energy being used to generate clean energy for Virginians."
Dulles International Airport Manager Mike Stewart said in a prepared statement that the partnership would help to enhance the role solar energy plays at the airport.
“This project fits well with the Airports Authority’s goal of enhancing the sustainability and environmental performance of our facilities," Stewart said.
On Sept. 18, Dominion filed an application with PJM — a regional organization that coordinates the electrical grid in all or parts of 13 states and Washington, D.C. — to interconnect the project to the existing grid. The proposed solar facility could become active by 2023 and would help meet Dominion's goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 55 percent by 2030. It would also bring the company one-fourth of the way to its goal of having 3,000 megawatts of wind and solar energy in operation or in development by 2022.