Project Benefits

PROJECT BENEFITS

Career Training for Local Workforce
High-Paying Construction Jobs

Creating Value for Spotsylvania County

sPower is excited to be a part of Spotsylvania County and is partnering with local schools, businesses, and landowners to develop the Spotsylvania Solar Energy Center. This project provides numerous workforce opportunities, a strong local economic stimulus, increases tax revenues, and requires almost no services from the County. The Spotsylvania Solar Energy Center is anticipated to generate an estimated 700 new jobs during the construction phase and approximately 20–25 full-time positions during operations.

Currently, the 6,350 acres that sPower will be purchasing generates approximately $19,000 per year in property tax; compared to the estimated $600,000 in property tax that the Project would generate for Spotsylvania County during the first year of Project operations. In addition to increased revenue for the County from property tax, the Project would generate millions of dollars in additional revenue during the life of the Project for the County and its residents through capital investments and purchasing of local goods and services.

Click here for the Project’s Economic and Fiscal Impact Report

Community Engagement

sPower has engaged local businesses and community organizations to promote public events related to education, youth sports and volunteer programs. Volunteerism and relationship building has been key to sPower’s successful, long-term relationships with community members and local administrators. Below is a list of some of the Spotsylvania County organizations sPower has already sponsored, donated to, and/or partnered with as of early 2018.

  • Germanna Community College
  • Spotsylvania County Little League
  • Spotsylvania County Public Schools
  • Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Spotsylvania County Volunteer Fire Department
  • Spotsylvania County Sheriff Department
STEM Programs for Local Schools
Little League Sponsorships

Environmental Benefits

The Project is anticipated to offset approximately 825,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. This is equivalent to:

Greenhouse gas emissions from

176,094

Passenger vehicles driven for one year

2,015,587,708

Miles driven by an average passenger vehicle

286,537

Tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled

40,975

Garbage trucks of waste recycled instead of landfilled

CO2 emissions from

92,535,140

Gallons of gasoline consumed

899,737,183

Pounds of coal burned

10,886

Tanker trucks' worth of gasoline

88,798

Homes' energy use for one year

27,522,081

Incandescent lamps switched to LEDs

1,903,937

Barrels of oil consumed

22,617,830

Propane cylinders used for home barbeques

0.204

Coal-fired power plants in one year