State Regulator Signs Off on 600MW Solar Projects in Ohio

Highlights :

  • Four more solar farms have been approved: Cadence Solar Energy Project; Marion County Solar Project; Juliet Energy Project; Sycamore Creek Solar Project.
  • These projects bring to 18 the number of solar farms to be approved this year by the Ohio Power Siting Board

State regulators on Thursday signed off on four solar farms for Ohio, U.S., including one planned for Union County and another in Marion County, as the rush to build solar projects in the state continues.

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The four projects bring to 18 the number of solar farms to be approved this year by the Ohio Power Siting Board, the state agency that oversees new sources of power generation in the state. At this point, few projects are under construction or in operation. Siting Board data shows more than 40 solar projects in some phase of development in the state.

The biggest project to be approved Thursday was the Cadence Solar Energy Project, which will take up about 1,925 acres of a 4,900-acre project in York, Liberty and Taylor townships in Union County, northwest of Columbus.

Construction on the 275-megawatt project should begin next year. Renewable energy company Invenergy is the project’s developer. The facility will utilise LONGi solar modules or comparable Tier-1 solar panels, such as those from Jinko Solar, JA Solar, Trina Solar and First Solar modules.

The 100-megawatt Marion County Solar Project will be developed on 724 acres of a 970-acre project area in Marion Township. Construction is expected to start next fall. Renewable energy company Savion is the developer.

Also getting approval was the Juliet Energy Project, a 101-megawatt project that will be developed in Wood County in northwest Ohio. Construction is expected to begin next year. The project owner is BP Solar, a part of energy company BP’s alternative energy business. The project will occupy 585 acres of 670-acre project site.

The Siting Board also approved the 117-megawatt Sycamore Creek Solar project that will be built in Cranberry Township in Crawford County. The project will take up about 650 acres of a 917-acre project site. National Grid Renewables is the project developer. Construction is expected to begin next year.

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