State Corporation Commission approves solar panels at Ivy Landfill

A project to install solar panels atop the Ivy Landfill has been cleared by the State Corporation Commission. That entity regulates power generation in the Commonwealth and requires Dominion Energy to submit proposed solar projects that seek to use funds from ratepayers. This dates back to the passage of the Virginia Clean Economy Act in 2020. 

The project at the Ivy landfill was one of several projects Dominion submitted last October and approved by the SCC in a final order dated April 13. (read the final order)

“We anticipate that that project may be completed next year at the Ivy [Materials Utilization Center], said Bill Mawyer, the executive director of the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority that owns and mitigates the landfill, which was closed in the late 1990’s. 

The panels will cover about 17 acres of the landfill and the facility will be operated not by Dominion but by the Community Power Group who will sell energy to the utility. (read a March 2021 story)

In other information, Maywer said the RSWA is aiming for a June 22 grand opening for the Southern Convenience Center in Keene. That will be a place where residents in southern Albemarle can drop off trash and items to recycle. 

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