Dominion Dedicates Somers Solar Center in Connecticut
Center to Produce Clean Energy for Connecticut Consumers
SOMERS, Conn., Nov. 22, 2013
SOMERS, Conn., Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Representative Joseph
Courtney and other federal, state and local dignitaries joined Dominion (NYSE:
D) today to dedicate the Somers Solar Center – capable of producing enough
electricity to power more than 1,500 homes – and mark a major milestone in the
development of renewable energy in The Constitution State.
"Connecticut's federal and state officials should be commended for finding
innovative ways to bring clean, renewable energy to consumers in Connecticut,"
said Dominion Generation Senior Vice President J. David Rives. "We are proud
to be among those who are pioneers in that effort."
The Somers Solar Center, built by Prime Solutions Inc., a Connecticut
contractor, occupies 50 acres near this community in north-central
Connecticut. It consists of 23,150 Kyocera solar panels that will generate
roughly 5 megawatts of alternating current. The center is one of three solar
projects that will be placed in service by Dominion in 2013. The others are
near Augusta, Georgia and Indianapolis, Indiana.
The origins of the center, which was acquired from Kyocera in October, are
traced to an energy law enacted by the Connecticut legislature in 2011. Based
on that law, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
issued a request for proposals in December 2011 for the development of 10
megawatts of renewable energy to be sold under contract to the state's two
major utilities. The Somers' proposal was one of two that were successful from
among 21 entrants.
"Smart investments in renewable energy production move us toward a secure,
clean, and independent energy future," Rep. Courtney said. "Thanks to federal
programs like the Investment Tax Credit, Production Tax Credit, and the Rural
Energy for America Program (REAP), projects like this one are strengthening
local economies and helping defend against climate change. I applaud Dominion
and our federal and state officials for their commitment to this project, and
I will continue to support federal programs that help bring renewable
energy—and the jobs it creates—to eastern Connecticut."
Dominion's presence in Connecticut pre-dates the Somers project. The company
owns and operates the 2,100 megawatt Millstone Nuclear Power Station in
Waterford and less than a year ago announced North America's largest fuel cell
project in Bridgeport, which will generate roughly 15 megawatts of clean
Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy,
with a portfolio of approximately 23,500 megawatts of generation. Dominion
operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems and serves
retail energy customers in 15 states. For more information about Dominion,
visit the company's website at www.dom.com.
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