Virginia-based company buys solar facility in Twiggs County

A Virginia-based company has acquired a 20-megawatt solar facility in Twiggs County.

Dominion Resources Inc. has bought the Richland Solar Center near Jeffersonville from HelioSage Energy, according to a news release.

The facility, which has a 20-year power purchase agreement and interconnection agreements with Georgia Power, is expected to enter service in 2015. An engineering, procurement and construction contract has also been signed.

“The Richland acquisition adds to our diverse generation fleet fuel mix and furthers Dominion’s goal of having 625 megawatts of contracted solar generating capacity in service by the end of 2016,” David Christian, CEO of Dominion Generation, said in the release. Dominion Generation manages the company’s generating stations.

The Richland Solar Center is expected to qualify for the federal investment tax credit.

The Azalea Solar Power Facility in Washington County also is owned and operated by Dominion. Dominion operates one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage systems and serves utility and retail energy customers in 13 states.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.