Energy Storage, Industrial, Industrial, Solar - August 24, 2023
Dulles Airport Adopts Solar and Storage
Dulles International Airport broke ground on the Dulles Solar and Storage project that will generate up to 100 megawatts (MW) of solar energy and store up to 50 MW of power.
The partnership includes a first-of-its-kind lease agreement that will further advance renewables and electric vehicles at Dulles. Instead of annual lease payments to MWAA, Dominion Energy will develop two 1 MW solar carports that will partially power Dulles facilities, and provide 18 electric transit buses, 50 electric fleet vehicles and electric vehicle charging stations for Dulles operations.
The project will be developed across 835 acres located in the southwest corner of Dulles International Airport. Construction will begin in late 2023 and is expected to be complete by late 2026. The energy produced will also serve Dominion Energy Virginia customers.
The project received final approval earlier in 2023 after a multi-year review by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration and Virginia State Corporation Commission, among other state and federal agencies.
"This partnership will result in the largest renewable energy project ever developed at a U.S. airport," said Jack Potter, President and CEO of Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), in a statement. "It's just one of many ways the Airports Authority is constantly working to be a good steward of the environment. We look forward to working with Dominion Energy to help provide emission-free electricity to serve the growing energy needs of the Dulles community and the National Capital Region."