Ohio’s solar train keeps rolling with 150 MW in utility-scale projects approved


Ohio is continuing its utility-scale solar power boom, as the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) approved applications to bring 150 MW of new PV to the state.

The capacity will include two projects: the 80 MW Angelina Solar Project and the 70 MW Alamo Solar Project. Angelina will occupy up to 827 acres within a 934-acre project area in Preble County, on the Ohio-Indiana border. Developed by Open Road Renewables, the project was originally applied for back in 2018. The specific hardware planned for use in the project has not yet been made available.

Alamo will occupy up to 919 acres within a 1,003-acre project area, also in Preble County south of Dayton. Like Angelina, the Alamo project was originally applied for back in 2018 and is being developed by Open Road Renewables. Specific hardware choices for this project have also not been made available yet.

Open Road has not yet announced revised construction schedules for these two projects, as they were both initially planned for groundbreaking in late 2019 and full commercial operation by late last year. It is unlikely that these projects will take longer to build than the initially-planned year.

In early July, OPSB will hold a public hearing for two solar systems that are among the largest planned in the state. Those installations are the Wheatsborough Solar project, a 125 MW array with a 50 MW battery energy storage system in Erie County, between Cleveland and Toledo, and the Sycamore Creek Solar project, a 117 MW standalone project in Crawford County, also between Cleveland and Toledo.

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