Danville Utilities, in partnership with CS Energy, Navisun, and TurningPoint Energy, has completed a 14 MW DC utility-scale solar project in Danville, Virginia. The renewable energy project is the city’s largest solar development to date.
CS Energy was contracted to engineer, procure and construct the 14 MW project. The solar project is located in Pittsylvania County and is comprised of two adjoining sites: Irish Road and Whitmell. The 100-acre project will generate an estimated 23,551 MWh each year for the community. The power produced by the solar array equates to approximately three percent of Danville Utilities’ yearly energy output, or enough clean energy to power 1,500 homes each year.
Construction on the project began in December 2019, and project leaders had to adapt to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Supply delays led to an adjusted project schedule, and additional procedures had to be created to ensure the health and safety of those onsite. CS Energy provided masks, added handwashing stations, and minimized office capacity, and as a result, zero cases were contracted at the project site. Despite the additional coordination required to build safely, the team successfully delivered Virginia’s largest municipal utility solar farm, which went live on August 26, 2020.
This project will provide power directly to Danville Utilities, reaching approximately 42,000 customer locations in a 500-square-mile service territory in southern Virginia.