OPSB approves construction of Vinton County solar farm, AEP Ohio Transco transmission lines

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Sept. 20, 2018) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today authorized Vinton Solar Energy LLC to construct a 125 megawatt solar farm in Vinton County. The OPSB also authorized AEP Ohio Transmission Company (AEP Ohio Transco) to construct two 138 kilovolt electric transmission line projects.

The Vinton Solar Facility will be located on approximately 1,950 acres of pasture land near McArthur, Ohio. The facility will consist of multiple photovoltaic arrays connected to a network of electrical infrastructure that will transmit generated electricity to the power grid.

AEP Ohio Transco will construct the Rouse-Bell Ridge Transmission Line which will extend approximately 12.7 miles from the proposed Rouse Substation in the southern part of Monroe County to the proposed Bell Ridge Substation in east-central Washington County. The project will provide additional transmission service to Monroe and Washington counties, ultimately improving electric service reliability in the southeastern Ohio area

In Sandusky and Seneca counties, AEP Ohio Transco will construct the Buckley Road-Fremont Center Transmission Line which will begin at the existing Allendale-Fremont Center Transmission Line and run southwest for approximately 16.7 miles past Burgoon, Kansas, and Amsden, Ohio before terminating at the proposed Buckley Road Tap in Fostoria, Ohio. The project will provide additional transmission service to Seneca and Sandusky counties, improving electric service reliability in the northwestern Ohio area.

In other business, the OPSB transferred the certificate issued for the Hardin Wind Farm interconnection substation in case number 09-479-EL-BGN from Hardin Wind Energy, an affiliate of Invenergy Wind Development LLC, to AEP Ohio Transco. The OPSB also closed case number 14-469-EL-BTX, the Dayton Power and Light Company’s proposed West Milton-Eldean 138 Transmission Line Project, the application for which will be refiled in case number 18-1259-EL-BTX.

Additional information regarding the facilities authorized for construction today is available on the OPSB website at www.OPSB.ohio.gov in case numbers, 17-774-EL-BGN, 17-1908-EL-BTX, and 17?2085-EL-BTX.

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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