Ross County Solar Project
The Ross County Solar Project is an up to 120 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic electric generating facility proposed to be located in Ross County, Ohio (the “Project”). The Project will span approximately 1,400 acres and will connect to the electric grid via the Buckskin Township Substation. The Project is anticipated to positively impact both the local economy and environment by producing significant tax revenue and other economic benefits for the area, and offsetting carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 162,500 metric tons each year – the equivalent of taking approximately 35,000 cars off the road. Construction of the Project is anticipated to begin as early as the 4th quarter of 2021 with commercial operations beginning as early as the 4th quarter of 2022.
Public Participation and the Permitting Process
Under Ohio Law, electric generating facilities capable of producing 50 MW or more must apply for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need from the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB). This process provides for a single unified process by which facilities can obtain a certificate to operate. Generally speaking, the OPSB process includes a public informational meeting, submittal of certificate application, 60-day staff completeness review, application acceptance, OPSB Staff Review and Recommendation, public hearing, adjudicatory hearing, and certificate issuance/denial. The Project docket (link listed above) is the best way to stay informed about the Project, and a PDF of the certificate application will be available there upon submission. To request a paper copy of the application (production costs will be assessed), please contact Ross County Solar directly. Paper application copies will also be available at to-be-determined public locations near the Project site.
No meetings are scheduled at this time. Stay tuned for information regarding dates and times for future public hearings. National Grid Renewables seeks to keep the public informed and is happy to answer questions at any time prior to or during the permitting process.
Public Information Meeting
Thank you to those who attended the public information meeting for the Project on September 30th at 6:00 PM or 8:00 PM. For your convenience, we have posted a recording of the video at the link below that is accessible at any time. If you’d like to comment or ask any additional questions always feel free to give us a call at 937-519-2007 or email at email@example.com. We will continue to accept your comments and questions and are we are excited to move into the Ohio Power Siting Board permitting process.
Questions and Comments – Public Information Meeting
We received various questions and comments during the Ross County Solar public information meeting. We have provided a summary of comments and questions received, along with responses from the Ross County Solar team at the link below. We seek to be transparent about the project and hope that this Q&A document is helpful for the public to review.
There are various other avenues for public participation throughout the permitting process. More information can be found via the OPSB website. If you have questions regarding the OPSB process or public participation, you can contact the OPSB directly:
Ohio Power Siting Board
180 E Broad St,
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (866) 270-6772
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|Operational Capacity||120 MW|
|Location||Ross County, Ohio|
|Anticipated Commerical Operation Date||December 31, 2022|
|Annual Carbon Dioxide Emissions Offset||~162,500 metric tons|
|Annual Local Tax Revenue Generated||~$1.1 Million*|
|Project Phone Number||937-519-2007|
|Ohio Power Siting Board Docket Number||20-1380-EL-BGN|
|Ohio Power Siting Board Docket Link||http://dis.puc.state.oh.us/CaseRecord.aspx?CaseNo=20-1380|
*Calculations estimated based on National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) JEDI Model and current state tax law for solar facilities. Subject to change.
ABOUT National Grid Renewables
National Grid Renewables, which includes the renewables development company formerly known as Geronimo Energy, is a leading North American renewable energy company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with satellite offices located throughout multiple states in the regions where it develops, constructs, and operates renewable energy projects. As a farmer-friendly and community focused company, National Grid Renewables develops projects for corporations and utilities that seek to repower America’s grid by reigniting local economies and reinvesting in a sustainable future. National Grid Renewables is part of the competitive, unregulated Ventures division of National Grid and has a portfolio of solar, wind, and paired energy storage projects located throughout the United States in various stages of development, construction and operations.