Axton Solar Project

The Axton Solar Project in Virginia includes the construction and operation of a 200-megawatt solar energy facility that can supply electricity to meet existing and future electricity demands including on-peak power periods. The project will assist in achieving Virginia’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). It will also support the local economy by investing in the community, creating construction jobs, and increasing tax revenue.

Project Facts
  • Axton Solar LLC
  • Counties of Henry and Pittsylvania, Virginia
  • 2,393 acres of solar panels
  • 200-MW of energy
  • Potential to power 20,000 Virginia homes
Aerial view forest and green fields, the future site of the Axton Solar Project in Virginia.

The Challenge

The Axton Solar project spans two counties, and is one of the first utility-scale solar projects in Henry County, Virginia, requiring an efficient and effective permitting strategy. Additionally, internet access in the project area is not widespread, and due to timing, outreach required navigating pandemic-related restrictions on in-person meetings in two counties.

Dudek archaeologist works in a forest on the Axton Solar project site.

The Solution

Dudek forged relationships with and addressed concerns of local planning and development staff to facilitate special use permit (SUP) application submittals and ensure successful permit attainment. The team also conducted public outreach in such a way as to address concerns regarding meeting access. Dudek’s graphic designers crafted engaging postcards and our web design team developed the Axton Solar project website to engage the local community. The outreach team hosted two separate meetings for residents of each county, ensuring local concerns were heard and addressed. Dudek archaeologists also conducted surveys of the project area.

What We Did

Our multidisciplinary specialties allow us to provide efficiencies that maintain project momentum.

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