Madison Solar Farm

A proposed 62.5MW-AC solar facility in Orange County, Virginia

Street view of solar farm behind trees next to house

About Madison Solar

Cypress Creek Renewables is proposing to construct “Madison Solar,” a 62.5 MW-AC solar energy generation facility located along Constitution Highway in Locust Grove, Orange County, Virginia. The project is expected to be sited on approximately 400 acres and will safely generate enough clean, renewable electricity to power over 10,000 single-family homes, while also contributing to the energy independence of Orange County and the State of Virginia. The proposed solar project would offset an estimated 100,450 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually, the equivalent of removing 9,750 cars from the road each year. During construction of the solar facility, local spending attributed to the project is expected to be $60 million dollars, including all spending on local labor and equipment costs.


About Cypress Creek Renewables

Cypress Creek Renewables is one of the nation’s largest dedicated providers of solar projects and has built an important history of partnering with local communities, governments, and utilities to help advance a national clean energy program. Cypress Creek’s projects contribute to local economic development, job growth, and increase the use of renewables for a cleaner, more affordable, and more reliable source of power nationwide. In 2017 alone, Cypress Creek built nearly 15% of all utility-scale solar installed in the U.S., more than any other utility-scale solar developer. Nationally, Cypress Creek has developed over 2 GW of electricity and owns and operates a portfolio of 1.5 GW across four states – enough to power 500,000 homes. Some benefits realized by Cypress Creek projects include:


  • A source of consistent, annual income for the landowners. This is especially helpful when the landowner’s occupation provides variable income, as is often the case year-to-year for farmers;

  • New job creation both in temporary construction jobs and long-term solar farm operations, and a stimulus for local business growth and expansion to provide needed services to support the new solar facility;

  • New tax revenue streams for the communities it serves; and

  • A “Good Neighbor Commitment” by working together with local communities in advancing local projects and helping fulfill community needs, like playgrounds, ballfields, emergency services equipment, job training, and science, technology, engineering, agricultural, and mathematics (STEAM) programs.


Virginia Permit by Rule

The purpose of this public participation period is to acquaint the public with the technical aspects of the proposed project and how the standards of the Virginia Permit by Rule process will be met, as well as identify issues of concern, facilitate communication, and establish a dialogue between the owner/operator and persons who may be affected by the project. The 30 day public comment period begins on Thursday July 5th in accordance with subsection C of 9VAC15-60-90. To find out more information about the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s Renewable Energy Permitsvisit their website.



Madison - VA DEQ Permit By Rule Application Package - (DATE)


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