Powhatan II Solar Project

A proposed 15 MW AC solar facility in Powhatan County, Virginia. Located off of Three Bridge Road

Powhatan II Solar Project

About Cypress Creek

Cypress Creek Renewables is powering a sustainable future, one project at a time. We develop, finance, own and operate utility-scale and distributed facilities across the country. With more than 9.8GW of solar developed and more than 3.2GW under management, Cypress Creek is one of the country’s leading solar and storage companies. Our Operations and Maintenance Services division recently surpassed 3GW under management, making us one of the largest operators of solar power in the country.

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Powhatan Solar II - Project Overview

  • Capacity: 15MW AC

  • Maximum Solar Area: 160 acres

  • Service Volume: 2,000 single-family homes

  • Total Investment: $20 million

  • Utilities Required: Solar sites do not typically require local utilities or county services

  • Lifetime Tax Contribution to Powhatan County: $892,500

  • Powhatan Solar II will be the first Virginia Pollinator-Smart/Bird Habitat in Powhatan County. The project area will provide benefits to the environment besides the production of clean energy, including pollinator services, biodiversity and habitat enhancement. The Virginia Pollinator Smart program was developed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Powhatan Solar II is currently in the planning stage of development, or phase 2 in the graphic below. If the project is granted a Conditional Use Permit, the project will proceed with securing the rest of the required permits, including Virginia DEQ’s Permit By Rule and stormwater permits, before moving on to the construction phase.

Solar Farm Development

Illustration of sun and grass and trees

Signing Agreements with landowners

Illustration of a sun, trees, a file, and a gear

Planning the Development

Illustration of the sun, trees, solar panels, a construction worker, and a tractor

Building the Farm – EPC

Illustration of the sun, trees, a solar panel, a battery, and electrical wires

Commissioning the Site

Illustration of the sun, a solar panel, trees, and utility towers with connection symbol

Energizing the Site

Illustration of sun behind solar panels with trees

Finishing the Project

Benefits of Powhatan Solar II

Powhatan Solar II will produce clean energy that will help the Commonwealth of Virginia meet its clean energy goals of 100% renewable by 2050. As one of the nation’s leading solar energy companies, Cypress Creek is committed to providing Americans access to low-cost solar energy while also creating jobs and generating local revenue.

  • Economic investment and increased tax revenue for Powhatan County

    • With the approval and construction of Powhatan Solar II, Powhatan County can expect $892,500 in lifetime tax revenues instead of $182,000 without the approval of the solar project. Expected 2023 tax revenue (year 1 of the project, including rollback taxes) would be approximately $26,000 compared to $4,550 Powhatan County would collect on the same acres for farming and silviculture.

    • Cypress Creek expects to invest approximately $20 million in the construction of the project. Through this investment, Powhatan County can expect: spending of over $12 million in the local economy during construction; 25 full-time equivalent (FTE) local construction and installation jobs; and additional tax revenue over the lifetime of the project.

  • Contributes to the renewable energy goals set by the Clean Economy Act

    • Powhatan Solar II, will offset approximately 28,000 tons of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) annually, the equivalent of taking 5,400 cars off the road, helping the Commonwealth of Virginia to reach the 100% renewable energy goals established in the Clean Economy Act in 2020.

Solar Components and Decommissioning (End of Life)

Solar Module

Solar Module

Generate DC electricity from sunlight

DC/AC Inverter

DC/AC Inverter

Converts direct to alternating current

Module Racking

Module Racking

Mounts modules in array to the ground

Combiner Box

Combiner Box

Low-voltage DC electricity is fed through cables from each module row to a combiner box

Monitoring System

Monitoring System

Meters and gauges to measure and report system preferences

Battery System

Battery System

Lithium ion batteries store the suns energy for use throughout the day

The Powhatan Solar II solar energy facility is a temporary land use, and all equipment and infrastructure is designed, manufactured, and installed to be temporary and easily removable at the end of the useful life of the facility. The facility will be removed at the expense of the project owner. Please note, Powhatan Solar II does not plan to include battery energy storage for this project.

Download Documents Specific to Powhatan Solar II and Cypress Creek Renewables

Contact Information

Parker Sloan

Senior Community & Economic Development Manager
Cypress Creek Renewables
45 Banks Avenue | Asheville, North Carolina 28801
828-367-9035 | parker.sloan@ccrenew.com

Haley Larabee

Associate Project Developer
Cypress Creek Renewables
45 Banks Avenue | Asheville, North Carolina 28801
910-833-4990 (Cell) / 828-385-4943 (Work) | haley.larabee@ccrenew.com

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