ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A solar energy facility is one step closer to coming to Albemarle County.

On Tuesday, February 6, the planning commission approved a special-use permit for a new electrical generation facility with solar panels on about 90 acres of land. It’s called the Rivanna Solar Project, and, if the permit is also approved by the board of supervisors, it will be located out on Buck Island Road off Route 53 in Scottsville.

The facility’s use meets the comprehensive plan requirements for rural areas and will also provide some construction jobs.

“These jobs are cropping up all over the state and in central Virginia,” says Seth Maughan of SolUnesco. “Piedmont Virginia Community College, locally, actually has a program now where they are training workers in this field, so we are really glad to see that because it means there’s opportunity to actually hire local."

The project is being headed by SolUnesco, LLC. It says the project should take three to six months of construction to complete if it receives the go-ahead by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.