Amazon Solar Farm US East

Size: 80 MW (AC)

Location: Accomack County, VA

Distinguishing Features

About the Project:
Amazon Solar Farm US East is a solar project on the Delmarva Peninsula in Accomack County, Virginia. It is a cluster of projects across roughly 1,000 acres in the vicinity of Oak Hall substation. Together, the clusters will generate 80 MW (AC) of electricity – enough to power 15,000 homes. Community Energy Solar chose the Delmarva Peninsula for the project site because it offers excellent solar resource and flat land ideal for constructing a solar project of this size. In addition, Community Energy Solar is utilizing single-axis tracker technology, which follows the sun’s path providing high peak production. Community Energy Solar will include an educational “Solar Walk” and is partnering with the Eastern Shore Community College to educate the citizens and visitors of the Eastern Shore in Virginia about renewable energy.

About the Process:
Amazon Solar Farm US East was approved for a Conditional Use Permit by a unanimous vote from the Accomack County Board of Supervisors. All necessary grid studies have been completed by PJM and Delmarva Power & Light, and the Interconnection Services Agreement is in place. As a result, the project is on target to commence construction in late 2015, and reach commercial operation in 2016. Community Energy Solar has teamed with Amazon Web Services, Inc. that is purchasing the power output of the project for their data centers under a long term Power Purchase Agreement.