OPSB postpones hearings for proposed solar farm in Vinton County

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Nov. 21, 2017) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) has postponed two hearings previously scheduled regarding Vinton Solar Energy, LLC’s proposal to construct a solar-powered electric generation facility in Vinton County. The OPSB will reschedule the hearings at a later date.

The postponements include the local public hearing scheduled for Dec. 5, 2017, at 6 p.m., at the Vinton County Community Building, 31935 State Route 93, McArthur, OH 45651 and the adjudicatory hearing scheduled for Dec. 15, 2017, at 10 a.m., at the offices of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Hearing Room 11-D, 180 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215.

The OPSB postponed the hearings in response to a request from Vinton Solar Energy to suspend the schedule in this case until such time as it has obtained the required system impact study from PJM Interconnection.

The Vinton Solar Center would consist of multiple arrays of photovoltaic solar panels with a combined generating capacity of up to 125 megawatts. The proposed facility would be located on approximately 1,950 acres of leased land in Elk Township. Vinton Solar Energy plans to interconnect the facility to the electric transmission grid via American Electric Power’s nearby 138 kilovolt Elk Substation.

Additional information regarding the proposed Vinton Solar Center is available on the OPSB website at www.OPSB.ohio.gov in case number 17-0774-EL-BGN.

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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