Virginia Cooperative Extension’s solar energy expansion to be expanded to the West Virginia coal fields

Virginia Cooperative Energy Extension’s (VCEE) solar energy development plan to be extended from the eastern West Virginia communities of Cessna and Erskine to the Appalachian coal fields in 2020.

VCEE said the extension will be made possible by a grant from the Virginia Department of Energy’s (VDE) Appalachian Development Fund (ADF) and additional funds from the US Department of Commerce’s (USC) Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

VCee said its solar projects will provide renewable energy through a combination of renewable and non-renewable energy sources, including photovoltaic solar panels and wind turbines.

“In 2018, VCEE completed a $50 million project to develop a new 3,000-megawatt (MW) solar power facility on a vacant tract of land near Cessnock, WV, that is scheduled to be operational in 2021,” said VCee.

In addition to the 3,050 MW solar facility, the extension includes the expansion of the VCEe Solar Energy Facility in West Virginia, which will be operational by 2022.

The new solar energy facility, located in the Cesskine, is scheduled for completion in 2022 and will provide the state with 1,200 MW of electricity.

As part of the extension, VCee has been working to expand the project, including constructing a new 4,500-MW power plant in Ersksville, and also a new 200 MW solar project in the neighboring county of Fayetteville.

This extension will allow the solar energy production at the Cisskine site to be scaled to a larger capacity of 1,500 MW, which would give Virginia a significant amount of additional renewable energy production capacity in the state.

 VCEe will also work with the state’s Department of Natural Resources to develop the next generation of its Solar Energy Program, which is designed to provide more than 50 percent of Virginia’s energy needs through solar energy.

VCEE has been in the PV power business for more than 60 years, with more than 1,100 solar energy projects installed in its portfolio. 

VCCE is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to serving communities in the eastern region of the Commonwealth, with the goal of providing affordable and reliable power to residents in areas that are underserved.