Renewable Energy, Solar

Dominion dedicates 5 MW of solar power in Connecticut

U.S. Representative Joseph Courtney and other federal, state and local dignitaries joined Dominion to dedicate the Somers Solar Center — capable of producing enough solar energy to power more than 1,500 homes.

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 MW 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 MW 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.