The new blue ridge solar power plant could be ready to power the entire New York City area
FourFourFiveThe solar power giant Dominion Energy has announced a $1.2 billion deal to build a 1,600 megawatt power plant in the Hudson Valley.
The project will be called the Blue Ridge Energy Energy Project and will be built on a former New York State nuclear waste site near the New Jersey shoreline.
The company, which operates in seven states, is investing $1 billion into the project.
The $1bn investment will support the construction of the project, which will generate 1,200 megawatts of power, which is about the same amount as New York’s combined power plant, according to Dominion Energy.
The new plant will be constructed on the former site of the former Nuclear Waste Processing Plant on the shores of Lake Ontario, Dominion Energy said in a press release.
“This is the largest power plant project ever completed in the US, and will help meet the growing demand for clean, renewable energy,” Dominion Energy CEO, Michael B. Duke, said in the release.
The facility is expected to generate 1.5 million megawatts over the life of the facility, which could power up to 4.5,000 homes, according the company.
The plant will operate at a capacity of about 930 megawatts and is expected “to provide over 50,000 new jobs in New York, as well as create up to 250,000 construction jobs over the course of the lifetime of the plant,” Dominion said.
The project is expected in 2021, and is estimated to create an additional 250 permanent jobs, according Dominion.
The New York Times reported that the company is also planning to develop a second 1,800 megawad energy project in the area.
The company is working on a plan to build another 1,300 megawdd plant on a landfill in the northern New Jersey town of West Windsor, and another 1.2 million megaweed plant on land that has been cleared for a coal-fired power plant.
The first New York plant was constructed in 2006.
In 2017, the plant was mothballed due to low demand.