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Crooked Road Solar
Crooked Road Solar
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Duffield, VA, US
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate

Herbert Schneider
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Crooked Road Solar

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Commercial, Financial Economic

Project Summary

10 Megawatt Utility Scale Solar Project / Green Economic Development Program for Virginia's Coalfields Region

Project Description

This is an economic development project that will develop 100 megawatts of utility and large commercial scale solar power systems in the Tennessee Valley Authority's and AEP/ Appalachian Power's Virginia service territories in the seven Virginia coal counties in SW Virginia. The local economy is suffering from the loss of coal and tobacco jobs. There is not a single solar installer in any of the seven counties. This project will create over 100 jobs (care for people), build 100 MW of utility scale solar projects that will profitably sell electricity to the utilities (reducing the area's dependence on coal for electricity and providing power for the multiple industrial and technology parks throughout the region), and will be able to sustain those jobs without subsidies while paying the employees roughly twice the average market wage with benefits. The first 1.4 MW will be installed at the Crooked Road Tech Center business park in Duffield Virginia. Project financing is coming from a tax equity investor, a TVA loan, a USDA loan, and a combination of USDA, Virginia, regional, and local grants.

The project will also finance and operate heavy equipment that will be used both for the solar installations and to complete earthworks on several related permaculture farm projects in the area.


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