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Amazon seals 180MW solar PPA with Dominion

The US tech giant will buy power from five solar projects in Virginia as part of its goal to reach 100% renewable energy generation for its operations.

US utility Dominion has agreed to a development partnership with Amazon to build 180MW of solar power in Virginia.

Amazon, through its cloud services subsidiary Amazon Web Services, is purchasing power from the five projects through long-term power-purchase agreements. The solar facilities are expected to be operational by late 2017.

The company has acquired the development rights to four 20MW projects in Buckingham, New Kent, Powhatan and Sussex Counties from Virginia Solar. It has also acquired a 100MW development from Community Energy Solar in Southampton County.

“We continue to ramp our sustainability efforts in areas where availability of renewable energy sources are low or proposed projects are stalled, and where the energy contribution goes onto the same electric grid that powers AWS data centres,” AWS vice president for infrastructure Peter DeSantis said.

Dominion said the agreement will expand its solar portfolio to 1.4GW, including 434MW in North Carolina and Virginia. An 80MW solar project it acquired in October will also produce power for Amazon, the utility said.

The tech giant now has 10 utility-scale renewable energy projects in the US, part of its goal to generate 100 percent of its electricity needs from clean energy. In September, it commissioned I Squared Capital subsidiary Lincoln Clean Energy to build a 253MW project in Scurry Count, Texas to power a data centre.