New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | August 19, 2022

Another solar project proposal hits table for New Kent supervisors to consider

By Robb Johnson | August 2, 2022 4:05 pm

Solar facilities have been popping up with proposals within the Central Virginia area, especially in the counties of Charles City and New Kent. And another one hit the table of New Kent County supervisors during the July 27 work session.

Energix Reneweables was the latest to propose bringing a solar facility to the county. The group indicated they are looking to acquire 472 acres, with 200 of it being used for the structure itself.

Representatives of Energix said that they were the leading solar power company in Virginia. Based out of Arlington, the company said they are looking to purchase the site and not have its ownership change over to another company. The company says that they stay with the project during its entire lifespan and plans to recycle the products upon completion of its tenure.

Energix says that their facility will have no pollution, noise, or traffic after construction is complete. The group’s proposal would see the company construct the facility in about six months. Solar panels they purchase have a 35-year life expectancy, and that once the product is decommissioned, lines installed would be ready for high power service.

Representatives added that the addition would bring in approximately $2.5 million dollars in additional revenue to the county. Furthermore, the proposed land they intend to purchase is not located near any electrical lines that are suitable for high load service, making any potential development unable to run heavy machinery in the area.

Energix is also interested in making a $6.5 million investment in upgrading 4.6 miles of circuit to make solar sustainable in the area. The route for upgrades would take up a portion of the current circuit along Townsend Road and Boulevard Trail. The design would cross Route 60 (Pocahontas Trail) and travel down Olivet Church Road to the solar site. Essentially, the upgrade could benefit Providence Forge businesses and taxpayers at no additional costs.

Supervisors chose not to comment on the issue as they plan to continue researching solar projects within the county.