Ohio nods to roughly 730 MW of fresh solar by EDF Renewables, Avangrid
Solar panels. Image by: EDF Renewables.
The Ohio Power Siting Board has given the green light to the construction of two new solar parks with a combined capacity of close to 730 MW, it was announced last week.
The larger project that was cleared, touted as one of the largest ones in the US, was promoted by Fox Squirrel Solar LLC, a unit of EDF Renewables North America. With a planned capacity of 577 MW, the Fox Squirrel complex will be installed in Ohio’s Madison County and generate power for 129,900 homes annually. According to the owner’s website, it will become operational by end-2022.
Fox Squirrel will cover between 4,000 and 4,500 acres of land. The project is part of a 4.5-GW development pipeline that EDF Renewables agreed to buy from North Carolina-based developer Geenex Solar LLC. The deal covered over 20 solar projects in different stages of development in the PJM wholesale electricity market.
Ohio regulators have also awarded approval to the 150-MW Powell Creek Solar project, put forward by Avangrid Renewables LLC. The plant will be built on privately owned land in Putnam County, south of Toledo. The project is expected to bring USD 150 million (EUR 127.2m) in investments in the local economy, the developer estimates.
Powell Creek Solar’s output will be enough to meet the electricity demand of more than 30,000 homes a year.
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