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Renewable Energy Pilot Program FAQs

What is the Renewable Energy Pilot Program?
The Renewable Energy Pilot Program is an offering from the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) that allows a third party who owns or operates a solar-powered or wind-powered generation facility to sell renewable energy to Dominion Virginia Power Customers via a power purchase agreement (PPA).
How does the pilot program work?

The Renewable Energy Pilot Program is an offering from the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC).  Information about how the program works, is located on the SCC website.

How is Dominion involved with this pilot program?

The Renewable Energy Pilot Program is actually not an offering from Dominion, but is instead a pilot created and implemented by the Virginia State Corporation Commission.  As stated in the Virginia State Corporation Commission Order, any party who intends to enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA) under the pilot program, must provide written notice to the Commission and Dominion 30 calendar days before the effective date of the PPA.

Once notice is received, Dominion will work with the third party supplier and the customer to interconnect to the distribution grid, and install any necessary metering.

When did the program become available?

Eligible third party suppliers and interested customers can provide notice to participate beginning December 1, 2013.

How long will the program be available?

The Virginia State Corporation Commission will review the pilot in 2015, and every two years thereafter, to determine next steps for the pilot program.

How do I participate?

As stated in the Virginia State Corporation Commission Order, any party who intends to enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA) under the pilot program must provide written notice to the Commission and Dominion 30 calendar days before the effective date of the PPA.

Here are the steps needed for participation:

  • Step 1
    Provide written notification of your intent to participate via an email to renewable.energy.pilot@dom.com
  • Step 2
    A Dominion representative will contact you to confirm receipt of your notification and discuss potential interconnection scenarios.
  • Step 3
    Once interconnection approval has been granted, and all changes to existing facilities are made (if applicable), you may begin to purchase power from your third party supplier.

Note: These steps are in addition to the notification and requirements found on the Virginia State Corporation Commission website.

Who can participate?

All jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional Dominion Virginia Power customers can participate in the pilot as long as the guidelines listed in the Virginia State Corporation Commission Order are adhered to.

Here are the steps needed for participation:

  • Step 1
    Provide written notification of your intent to participate via an email to renewable.energy.pilot@dom.com
  • Step 2
    A Dominion representative will contact you to confirm receipt of your notification and discuss potential interconnection scenarios.
  • Step 3
    Once interconnection approval has been granted, and all changes to existing facilities are made (if applicable), you may begin to purchase power from your third party supplier.

Note: These steps are in addition to the notification and requirements found on the Virginia State Corporation Commission website.

How much can I generate?

If the generation from the third party supplier is sold to an entity with tax exempt status in accordance with 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, then a capacity range of 1kW – 1 MW can be installed.

If the generation from the third party supplier is sold to an entity without tax exempt status in accordance with 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, then a capacity range of 50kW –  1 MW can be installed.

Is program participation limited?

The pilot program is limited to 50 MW of combined generation capacity for both jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional participants.

How can I tell if there is space available in the program?

Within three business days of receiving a written notice of intent, the Virginia State Corporation Commission staff will post to its website the amount of generation capacity associated with the notice, and the remaining capacity available for future pilot projects.

What kind of renewable energy is permitted?

Generation facilities may either be wind or solar powered.

Can I Net Meter and participate in the Renewable Energy Pilot Program?

Yes, as long as the customer and the generating facility meet the requirements listed in Dominion’s Net Metering Terms and Conditions

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