The US department of the navy (DON) has collaborated with power and energy company Dominion Virginia Power to develop a 21MW direct current (DC) solar facility at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana in Virginia Beach.

The current project is the second collaboration between the two companies, the first being a ten-year contract awarded by the DON to acquire 25MW DC, the equivalent to 6% of power demands of Naval Station (NS) Norfolk.

Dominion Virginia Power's chairman, president, and CEO Thomas F. Farrell II said: “Our thanks to the Department of the Navy for their partnership on this important solar installation.

“This collaboration shares common goals, investing in the growth of renewable energy and helping to make the military's energy supply more secure.”

"Dominion will construct, own, operate, and maintain the new 21MW DC facility for 37 years."

As part of the partnership, Dominion will construct, own, operate, and maintain the new 21MW DC facility for 37 years. In exchange for the use of DON's land, NAS Oceana will receive in-kind consideration in the form of electrical infrastructure modernisaton.

NAS Oceana's commanding officer Louis J. Schager said: “We have a great relationship with the surrounding community and by hosting this facility we are helping to make the regional grid more diverse and more resilient.

“Bottom line, this project will advance our mission to support the fleet while benefitting our Navy family, as well as the community.”

The current 21MW DC project can be carried out after receiving approval from the Virginia State Corporation Commission.

Dominion Virginia Power intends to submit the approval request in summer this year, and expects the new project to be completed and be operational late next year.