July 20 (Renewables Now) – The Ohio Power Siting Board has given the green light to build two new solar farms with a combined capacity of nearly 730 MW, it was announced last week.
The largest project that was licensed, billed as one of the largest in the United States, 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 located in Madison County, Ohio and will generate electricity for 129,900 homes per year. According to the owner’s website, it will become operational by the end of 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 has agreed to buy from North Carolina-based developer Geenex Solar LLC. The agreement covered more than 20 solar projects at different stages of development in the PJM wholesale electricity market.
Ohio regulators have also approved the 150 MW Powell Creek Solar Project, proposed by Avangrid Renewables LLC. The plant will be built on private land in Putnam County, south of Toledo. The project should bring 150 million dollars (127.2 million euros) of investments in the local economy, estimates the promoter.
Powell Creek Solar’s output will be sufficient to meet the electricity demand of more than 30,000 homes per year.
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