The Danville Farm solar project, owned by Strata Solar Services, LLC, has officially received a permit from the Department of Environmental Quality to begin construction and operation of a 12-megawatt facility in Ringgold, according to a news release from Gov. Ralph Northam.
The site will operate on a 185-acre plot of land at a former golf course.
While eight solar projects have received special use permits from the Pittsylvania County Board of Zoning Appeals, this is the second of those to receive the necessary permit from the DEQ.
The lone operational solar project in Pittsylvania County is TPE Kentuck Solar, LLC, a six-megawatt farm near Dan River middle and high schools.
“As of August this year, there are nearly a dozen small projects in Virginia producing 357 megawatts, enough to power more than 86,000 homes,” DEQ Director David Paylor said in the news release.
The Danville Farm site is one of four across the commonwealth that received permits, including others in Campbell County, Mecklenburg County and Henrico County, according to the release.
So far in 2019, eight permits have been issued to solar projects that will provide 425 megawatts, the release said. The DEQ has received requests for over 70 more projects — six of them in Pittsylvania County — and expects to approve seven more before year’s end.
— Caleb Ayers