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    Cavalier solar project

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    Cavalier solar project

    AES’ Cavalier solar project, which is currently under construction, incorporates the most advanced solar energy technologies to support the Commonwealth’s goal to transition its electric grid to 100% clean energy by 2050. AES developed and will own and operate the Cavalier Solar facility when construction is completed in late 2024.

    Construction update: 

    These are some of the construction activities you can expect in the area surrounding the Cavalier solar project.

    • Thursday, March 30, 2023

    During the week of April 3, construction teams will begin to install the foundations for the solar panels. This is the first part of the construction process. Neighbors will notice the sound of hammering and construction machinery, including the sound of engines and the “clacking” of tracked vehicles working at the project site. The sounds will be noticeable to nearby households as the work nears, and noise levels will decrease for nearby homes as crews progress to different areas of the project site.

    • Monday, March 27, 2023

    Oversized equipment transport to Cavalier project site completed successfully

    • February 28, 2023

    Deliveries to the construction site have begun, and you may see tractor trailers delivering materials to the Mt. Nebo lay down yard. Each of these trucks will be assigned an escort before delivering the materials to the areas where they are needed to ensure that trucks stay on the approved route.

    AES is working with our contractor and subcontractors to ensure all truck drivers follow the approved route.

    Project overview


    155 MW of clean energy capacity

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    Enough clean energy to power 20,000 homes


    Located in Isle of Wight and Surry counties, on Mill Swamp Road, about 8 miles west of Smithfield, Virginia

    Project details

    Cavalier solar project

    • 219,000 MWh of carbon-free electricity every year

    • 1,000-acre site, developed entirely on privately-owned land

    • 94,700 metric tons of CO2 emissions equivalent expected to be offset annually

    • 35-year project life span

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    Project timeline

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    Environmental & economic benefits

    The Cavalier solar project will make a significant economic contribution to both Isle of Wight and Surry Counties.

    Cavalier solar project

    787 construction jobs and approximately 10 full-time equivalent jobs during the facility’s operational life

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    $990,000+ in annual economic output in Surry and Isle of Wight Counties

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    $2 million in cumulative county tax revenue in Isle of Wight over operational lifetime

    Clean energy plays an increasingly vital role in Virginia’s economy. AES has a proven track record developing successful clean energy projects in the Commonwealth that provide affordable and reliable clean energy while creating significant economic opportunities and benefits for local landowners and communities. We do this while preserving the rural nature of the areas where our projects are located.


    AES’ recently completed Skipjack Solar Center in nearby Charles City County, Virginia is a testament to the importance of strong local partnerships in successful clean energy development.

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    Community engagement

    AES is headquartered in Virginia and is committed to being a good neighbor to the communities of Isle of Wight and Surry Counties and to the Commonwealth. We work diligently to maximize the positive economic and social impacts our clean energy projects have on local communities.

    Supporting a strong community

    AES is dedicated to supporting local programs and initiatives to help build a stronger, more connected community:

    • Sponsored the Clean Energy Challenges, allowing Smithfield High School students to participate and make it to the national competition
    • Supported the Economic Development Agency to provide grants to small businesses
    • Supported Crater Regional Workforce Development
    • Donated to First Baptist Church in Spring Grove
    • Sponsored meals for seniors from Virginia Diner
    • Sponsored Surry County and Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce programs
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    Meet your AES team

    Greg Cresswell

    Greg Cresswell

    Senior Development Manager, AES

    As the lead developer for the Cavalier solar project, Greg is responsible for coordination of all development aspects of the project, including securing land rights, interconnection rights, local permitting and property tax agreements. Greg has more than eight years of experience in renewables, including development and construction and three years of solar facility operations, giving him a detailed understanding of solar projects from start to finish. Greg is a graduate from the University of Richmond with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. When not building a sustainable future for his children, he enjoys camping, fishing and paddle boarding with them.


    Jenn DAugustine

    Jenn D’Augustine

    Permitting Manager, AES

    Jenn D’Augustine is a permitting manager with AES and has 8 years of experience in environmental and land use permitting, specializing in renewable energy. She manages permitting efforts for AES’ utility-scale solar projects throughout the eastern United States by determining permitting strategies and coordinating with a variety of stakeholders to ensure a project’s success. Jenn is a professional wetland scientist based in Richmond, Virginia, and she enjoys all things outdoors including hiking, kayaking and upland gamebird hunting.


    Helen Humphreys

    Helen Humphreys

    Stakeholder Relations Manager, AES

    Helen Humphreys began her career in local and state government, which has helped her to understand the challenges that locally elected officials face every day. Since 2015, Helen has built support for clean energy projects in the mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions of the US. Her responsibilities include identifying, building and leveraging partnerships between business, government and civic organizations to ensure AES community support is aligned with community values.



    Phone (toll-free): 804-829-7234

    If you are interested in receiving updates about AES’ Cavalier solar project, please fill out and submit this form.

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