OPSB authorizes construction of Nestlewood Solar Farm

COLUMBUS, OHIO (April 16, 2020) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today approved Nestlewood Solar I, LLC’s application to construct a solar-powered electric generating facility in Brown and Clermont counties.

“After a thorough review of the record, the OPSB is acting today to authorize a certificate to allow this project to move towards construction in accordance with specified conditions that are responsive to our statutory responsibilities and the public interest,” stated OPSB Chairman Sam Randazzo. “The Board is charged with ensuring large scale energy projects comply with specific criteria established by Ohio law.”

The Nestlewood Solar Farm, located in Lewis and Clark townships in Brown County and Tate and Franklin townships in Clermont County, will consist of an array of ground-mounted photovoltaic panels capable of generating a combined 80 megawatts of electricity. The facility, which will include a switchyard and a 69 kilovolt electric transmission line, will encompass a total of 464 acres within a 610-acre project area.

“While we previously identified some things that needed attention in the Nestlewood case, I want to thank the project developer and stakeholders, including local officials, for their constructive effort to address these through the submission of additional evidence and modifications to their agreement proposing to resolve issues of fact and law,” stated Randazzo. “Timely and constructive engagement between stakeholders, including local officials, have always been a prudent way to identify and resolve legitimate issues that come before the OPSB, and our actions today, in this case and others, confirm that this proven approach is alive and well in Ohio.”

In other business, the OPSB granted the joint request of the applicants to transfer a portion of the Hardin Solar II project area to the Hardin Solar I project area. The OPSB also approved Guernsey Power Station, LLC’s application to amend its certificate to add an additional 225 megawatts of output to its electric generating facility in Guernsey County.

Additional information about today’s OPSB decisions is available at www.OPSB.ohio.gov. Copies of today’s opinions and orders will be available in case dockets 17-773-EL-BGN (Hardin), 18-1546-EL-BGN (Nestlewood) and 20-33-EL-BGA (Guernsey).

A recorded webcast of today’s OPSB meeting is available on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/PUCOhio.  

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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