Henrico County may be set to get its second major solar farm in the Varina District that would include 85,000 tracking panels.
The Planning Commission has just found Virginia Solar’s proposed facility on 250 acres between Strath and Varina Roads substantially in accord with the county’s master plan, and sent it to the Board of Supervisors for review. Matthew Mears is a Partner with Virginia Solar and says the site is perfect and affordable. “It’s a former sand a gravel pit, not that much great uses for the land.”
And he says solar costs have dropped dramatically. “When I started in this industry a decade ago, solar panels cost 3.25-3.50 a watt, today it’s 35 cents a watt, so a factor of ten in ten years.”
Virginia Solar is involved in six other major projects in Virginia including solar farms for Amazon and the University of Virginia. This 20 megawatt facility is similar to one approved in May at the I-295/64 Interchange East of Sandston.