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Suffolk News-Herald

VA - A power play for wind, solar energy

The Port of Virginia is positioning itself to be a key driver in Dominion Energy’s efforts to build 180 wind turbines anywhere from 27 to 42 miles off the Virginia Beach coast for more than $8 billion.

The Port of Virginia is positioning itself to be a key driver in Dominion Energy’s efforts to build 180 wind turbines anywhere from 27 to 42 miles off the Virginia Beach coast for more than $8 billion.

The state and Danish offshore wind developer Ørsted came to an agreement last year to have it lease 1.7 acres at Portsmouth Marine Terminal to the company for offshore wind equipment and staging materials through at least 2026, with options to expand to an additional 40 acres. The agreement could be worth about $13 million in lease payments, with potential site upgrades worth more than $20 million.

Regional institutions such as Tidewater Community College, Centura College, Old Dominion University and high school career and technical education programs will have an outsized role in training and staffing the roughly 900 direct and indirect jobs during the construction phase, according to an economic impact study by Mangum Economics and commissioned and published by the Hampton Roads Alliance, a non-profit regional economic development organization.


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