"Utility-scale” refers to solar energy generation facilities that contribute electricity directly into the power grid, just as conventional energy plants do. These sites are usually ground mounted and can range from about ten to several-hundred acres in size.
Local contractors will have the opportunity to bid on these projects and we always seek to hire local qualified personnel. Local businesses will likely experience increased revenue during the construction. Further, these projects put money in local landowners’ pockets who may spend locally.
The majority of solar projects in Virginia have sold their energy to corporate buyers meaning no impact on to the general rate payer. In the case that a utility does decide to procure solar energy, they do so because it is in the best interest of their ratepayer -- Utilities are not mandated to purchase any solar energy in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Large-scale solar power plants provide energy to the wholesale grid, and are not directly connected to the nearby homes. Depending on how the electricity grid is configured some of the energy may travel to and be consumed by nearby users.
The project owner will be contractually obligated to remove all structures and equipment (like pulling fence posts) and the land can be easily and quickly returned to previous use.
Utility scale solar farms have not historically negatively impacted property values due to their passive nature and ability to blend into the natural landscape.