RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe announced in an August 17th press release that Hecate Energy, LLC has received a permit for a new utility-scale solar facility to be built in Cape Charles in Northampton County, Virginia. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued the permit by rule which attempts to ensure that the environment in and around Cape Charles is protected. According to Hecate,the 20-megawatt “Cherrydale Project” will provide enough energy to power over 3,000 households throughout the region.
“This project builds on important investments we are making in the solar industry across Virginia,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “Investing in clean, renewable power sources will continue to cut carbon emissions and increase energy security throughout the Commonwealth. This is a significant step forward for the Eastern Shore and I look forward to continuing to work with businesses and Virginians to expand access to clean energy sources, improve environmental stewardship, and grow the new Virginia economy.”
The Cherrydale solar farm will tie in with the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and A&N Electric Cooperative system.
Preston Schultz of Hecate Energy LLC was quoted in the press release as saying, “As a Virginia native with family ties to the Eastern Shore region, the 20-megawatt Cherrydale solar development has been an exciting and gratifying project with which to be involved. We are grateful to Northampton County for their support throughout the development of the Cherrydale Project. In my opinion, the Commonwealth of Virginia Permit by Rule process strikes the right balance between protecting critical local environmental, cultural and historical resources while at the same time providing opportunities for the new clean energy economy to take root and flourish in the Old Dominion.”
The Mirror contacted Preston Schultz about timelines for the Cherrydale Project, “This is a nice milestone for the project. At this point it looks like we will break ground this fall and complete construction likely in Q1 2017.”