(WFXR) – Appalachian Power harnesses the power of the sun to help expand its energy supply across Virginia.
The power company has not only expanded its renewable energy by adding 20 megawatts (MW) of solar power, but there are plans to add more solar power later this year. According to Appalachian Power, Leatherwood Solar – a solar power generation facility in Henry County – provides 20 MW of solar power under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
âSolar power is an important part of our overall clean energy strategy,â said Chris Beam, President and COO of Appalachian Power. âOur signed agreements demonstrate our commitment to providing clean, affordable energy to our customers and meeting the goals set by the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA). “
Leatherwood’s solar installation is capable of powering 3,600 homes and has been providing carbon-free energy to Appalachian Power since August.
The company plans to add an additional 35 MW of solar power to its supply over the coming months. This energy will come from the Depot Solar Center in Campbell County and Energix Renewables in Wythe County when these two facilities come on stream.
âWe are delighted to cooperate with AEP to deliver clean energy and commend them for their commitment to achieving their clean energy goals,â said Asa (Asi) Levinger, President and CEO of Energix Renewable Energies Ltd. “We look forward to deepening our cooperation with AEP and bringing more power to the network.”
The Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) was passed in 2020 by the Virginia General Assembly. This law aims to put an end to carbon dioxide emissions from the utility industry.
Appalachian Power – which supplies power to a million customers across Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee – says that by investing in solar, wind, energy storage and metering energy efficiency, it plans to meet its VCEA targets.