We're committed to a safe and responsible transition to clean energy that benefits every Virginian.
We're committed to a safe and responsible transition to clean energy that benefits every Virginian. As a long-term owner-operator with our global headquarters in the Commonwealth, we know what it means to develop energy solutions in the places where we both work and live. Virginia has set the goal to produce 100 percent of its electricity from carbon-free sources by the year 2050, and we are prepared to help the state achieve this goal. In doing so, we aim to utilize our projects to invest in the communities where we operate.
Currently, we have four projects under development, hundreds of local workers, strong community partnerships and the momentum to shift energy sourcing in the state. Our work in Virginia began in 1981, and it excites us to be bringing innovative clean energy solutions to the state we call home.
Impact we've made
Total operational megawatts (MWdc) in the state
Operational projects in the state
Year we began operating in the state
Together with Microsoft
When Microsoft needed a partner to meet its commitment to transform its operations and create a cleaner cloud, they put their trust in us. Through the partnership, Microsoft purchased 315 MWac of solar energy from our Pleinmont I and II projects in Virginia, representing the single largest corporate purchase of solar energy in the United States at the time. The projects are part of the 485 MWac Spotsylvania Solar Energy Center and enabled Microsoft to make significant progress toward its goal of reaching 60 percent in 2020.
“The commercial operation of Pleinmont Solar I is a significant milestone on our journey to have 100 percent renewable energy supply for all our operations, including our datacenters, by 2025 and accrues to our commitment to be carbon negative as a company by 2030. The project will not only support our sustainability goals, but also provide new employment opportunities through the site’s construction and ongoing operations.” Adrian Anderson, Principal Program Manager, Datacenter Energy & Sustainability, Microsoft
- Part of Spotsylvania Solar Energy Center, the largest solar project east of the Rockies
- Brought Microsoft one-step closer to achieving its goal of supplying its operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025
- Supported Virginia in achieving its goal to produce 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050
- Created more than 700 construction jobs
- Creating 35 full-time equivalent, permanent jobs
How can you trust that we care about clean energy that works for you? Because we work and live here, too.
We believe in being a good neighbor, ensuring responsible renewable energy development that benefits both the environment and local communities. That’s why we partner with communities to see how we can best work together to support sustainable social and economic development.
We present landowners with new opportunities to capitalize on the value of their land while retaining ownership throughout the project life cycle. For many, this is a welcome complement to current land use and an opportunity to diversify their land investment while hedging against volatile commodity prices. For others, our projects offer an income stream and land-use option where none otherwise existed.
Our teams and landowners work together, in partnership, from the beginning stages of site discussions, through permitting, construction, and operation. The landowner relationship with AES begins early, is built on trust and open communication and ensures the partnership is beneficial for everyone.
Impact we're making
The stable tax revenue generated by each of our projects fund county services including education, emergency response, and local infrastructure. On top of this, we have worked hard to bring community benefits through employee volunteerism, donations and meaningful partnerships.
|Project Name||Planned Capacity||Tax Revenue Generated*||Constructed Start||Expected Operational Date|
|Fitch Solar||200 MW||TBD**||Q2 of 2024||Q4 of 2025|
|Skipjack Solar Center||175+ MW||$12 Million||Q1 of 2021||Q1 of 2022|
|Cavalier Solar||240 MW||$21.7 Million||Q1 of 2021||Q4 of 2022|
|Spotsylvania Solar Energy Center||485 MW||$8.4 Million||Currently in Construction||
Q4 of 2023
*Estimated tax revenue generated over the contracted life of the project
**Working with county to determine
Project information is approximate and subject to change
Proud members of
Partnerships and memberships in the state
1st Responder Canine
Central Rappahannock Regional Library
Commonwealth Victory Fund
Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region, Inc.
Fredericksburg Agricultural Fairgrounds, Inc.
Fredericksburg Regional Alliance
Friend of Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office Community Policing
Germanna Community College Educational Foundation, Inc.
John J. Wright Educational & Cultural Museum, Inc
Mary Washington Healthcare
Rappahannock Area YMCA, Inc.
Saint Michael Athletic Boosters Club
- Shannon Air Museum
Spotsylvania County Little League
Spotsylvania County Parks & Rec (Belmont Park)
Spotsylvania County Education Foundation
Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Dept
The School Board of the County of Spotsylvania
The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region
Thurman Brisben Center
University of Mary Washington Foundation
Virginia Community Food Connections
Spotsylvania County Schools
Surry County Historical Society