Dulles International Airport in Loudoun County, Virginia is set to generate its own solar power on airport grounds.
Dulles International Airport in Virginia is set to generate its own solar power on airport grounds.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority wants to move forward with its project with Dominion Energy to convert a large area of unused land at the airport to collect and store solar energy.
The project – officially called the Solar + Storage Project – would give Dominion the ability to install thousands of solar panels on 835 acres of land in Dulles over the next 37 years.
The batteries would store solar power, and in the Airports Authority’s latest report, it said Dominion would build, operate and maintain a 2-megawatt solar carport and supply the Airports Authority with electric buses , light electric vehicles and the necessary charging infrastructure for the Vehicles.
The Airport Authority said the proposal takes advantage of land for which there is no development plan. He also said consultants and staff determined that Dominion’s project offered greater financial and environmental benefits to the Airport Authority compared to alternatives.
The project has been in the works for a while.
Dominion and the Airports Authority began talking about working on a renewable energy solution in Dulles in May 2018. A year later, a study had been completed that identified the land where the solar panels could go. The two parties reached an agreement on the proposed 37-year lease in September 2021
The report indicates that the Solar + Storage project is one of several solar energy projects that Dominion is pursuing in order to comply with the Virginia Clean Economy Act passed in 2020, which requires Dominion to be 100% carbon-free by 2045.
It would be one of the largest solar power generation projects located at an airport in the world, according to the Airports Authority.
The deal still needs approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation, as well as the Virginia State Corporate Commission.
WTOP’s Neal Augenstein contributed to this report
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