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Soapstone Solar in Clarke County Virginia

An Energy - Agriculture Alliance

In Clarke County Virginia

Soapstone is a proposed renewable energy-agriculture alliance preserving farming and energy independence in Clarke County, Virginia.

The project is situated on Audley Farm, a strong community partner that is striving to become a financially sustainable operation while remaining part of the region’s bucolic landscape.

Preserving the Future of Audley Farm

Combining Agriculture & Solar Energy Generation
Audley Farm desires to diversify its operations by dedicating approximately 450 acres – or 15% of the farm’s total acreage – to deploy solar energy generation combined with sheep grazing and honey production.
  • Soapstone will incorporate pollinator-friendly habits to sustain honeybees and other pollinator species.

  • Native grass species will be planted that prevent soil erosion and support sheep grazing for the production of meat and wool.

  • Audley Farm will partner with renewable energy agrivoltaics experts to bring to bear best practices for land stewardship and environmental bio-diversity in order to successfully co-locate clean power generation and regenerative agriculture.

  • Audley Farm will add sheep to its farm operations, utilizing land that is currently being used to grow lower-value crops, such as hay and feed corn. The project will expand the honey production currently operating at Audley Farm to broaden community participation in beekeeping and other aspects of this approach to clean energy generation.

Benefits

What does this project mean for you and your community?

LOCAL ECONOMIC IMPACT

Over its lifetime, Soapstone will contribute more than $15,000,000 in revenue to Clarke County. That’s 25 – 35 years of guaranteed revenue from a project that does not require costly infrastructure or public services, increase traffic or take away prime farmland

ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

Home-grown solar is vital to reducing America's dependence on foreign oil and enables Virginia to meet its goal to produce its electricity from 100 percent renewable sources by 2050. The transition to clean energy is powered by strong communities whose landowners, local businesses, and citizens recognize their critical role in making it happen.

Land Restoration and protection

Soapstone provides an opportunity to sustain treasured farmland in Clarke County while bringing to life a new approach to renewable energy generation. During the life of Soapstone, sheep grazing and beekeeping will combine with pollinators, wildlife corridors and other habitat-nurturing features that will enable nature to continue to thrive, optimizing our mission as stewards of the land.

Location

Clarke County, VA

PROJECT SIZE

Up to 100 MWAC

Timing

Construction could begin in late 2025/early 2026 and will take approximately 12 months to construct.

PRESERVED LAND WITHIN PROJECT DESIGN

450 acres

Up to $15 MILLION GENERATED IN LOCAL TAX REVENUE

DEEP 500′ setback ALONG route 340 and 250′ along boom road

ANNUALLY POWERS 17,000 HOMES WHILE OFFSETTING 96,000 METRIC TONS OF CO2*

Project location

Soapstone resides in northern Virginia, situated north of route 7 and southeast of route 340 in Clarke County. The remote nature of the location provides low to no visibility from Routes 7, 240, 608 and 612. We are working with a few adjacent landowners where there is some anticipated visibility of the project from their property, to add additional vegetative screening.

VIEW PROJECT RENDERINGS

The facility will interconnect to the power grid on an existing 138kV FirstEnergy transmission line located 0.74 miles west of the solar array.

Clarke county, virginia

Located north of route 7 and southeast of route 340.

WILL SOAPSTONE BE VISIBLE FROM ROADWAYS? VISIT OUR PROJECT RENDERINGS GALLERY.

Community Commitment

We are proud members of the local chamber of commerce and strong supporters of organizations serving the Clarke County community.

About Us

Urban Grid, a leading independent power producer, facilitates a rapid and sustainable energy transition by developing high-quality renewable energy projects, fostering community partnerships, and serving as a good land steward. Our company is positioned to own and operate its facilities while cultivating a land management system that benefits farmers, communities and the natural world through agrivoltaics. Urban Grid maintains a delivery-focused approach with the goal of being a good neighbor, a responsible corporate citizen and a trusted energy solutions partner. With teams situated strategically throughout the United States, Urban Grid has a long history of contributing to the clean energy economy. In addition to the 345 megawatts currently under construction, we are actively developing a growing portfolio of more than 15,000 megawatts of solar PV and 7,000 megawatts of co-located and stand-alone energy storage.

Urban Grid is a Brookfield Renewable company. Brookfield Renewable operates one of the world’s largest publicly traded, pure-play renewable power platforms.