OPSB approves construction of solar farms in Hardin, Highland counties

COLUMBUS, OHIO (May 16, 2019) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today authorized Hardin Solar Energy II LLC and Hecate Highland Energy, LLC to construct solar-powered electric generating facilities in Hardin and Highland counties, respectively.

Hardin Solar Energy Center II, to be located in Marion, Roundhead, and McDonald townships, will be capable of generating up to 170 megawatts (MW) and will include a battery storage system with a capacity of up to 60 MW. Hardin Solar Energy plans to commence construction in the second quarter 2019 and to commission the facility in the second quarter of 2020. The facility will be merged with the 150 MW Hardin Solar Energy Center I, which was approved by the OPSB in February 2018.

Highland Solar Farm, to be located in Clay and Whiteoak townships, will be capable of generating up to 300 MW. Hecate Highland Energy plans to commence construction in the third quarter of 2019 and to commission the facility in the first quarter of 2021

Additional information about today’s OPSB decisions is available at www.OPSB.ohio.gov.

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The Ohio Power Siting Board reviews applications for the construction of major utility facilities in Ohio. Together with Ohio’s elected officials, citizen stakeholders, and the energy industry, the Board strives to build a strong and competitive foundation for Ohio’s future.

Contact: Matt Butler, (614) 644-7670