Loudoun supervisors approve zoning for natural gas and solar power plant

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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved land-use applications to allow Green Energy Partners build a green energy plant near the Leesburg Airport.

The company still needs state and federal permits to build the plant.

The $800 million plant would include a 586-megwatt cycle gas turbine plant, two 197-megawatt simple cycle power turbines and the largest solar array in Virginia. It also calls for using up to 5 million gallons per day of wastewater effluent as a coolant. The company says this will reduce the amount of wastewater that empties into the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay.

The property already has transmission lines that can be used. Power from the plant would be sold to a distributor.

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