The Ohio Power Siting Board announced it will hold a public hearing on March 14 regarding Harvey Solar Project, LLC’s proposal to construct an up to 350 MW solar project in Licking County, just east of Columbus.
The purpose of the hearing is to allow individuals to provide sworn testimony regarding the proposed facility, which would be constructed on approximately 2,630 acres in Bennington and Hartford townships.
The project is being developed by Harvey Solar Project, LLC, a subsidiary of Open Road Renewables. The company estimates that construction of the project will create between 300 and 400 jobs, with the hope being that these positions will be filled by local laborers. The project is also anticipated to generate $3.15 million in property tax revenue for the county.
Harvey Solar is the second largest project to be proposed during the development boom that has hit Ohio in the last two years.
The largest project proposed during the boom is the 577 MW Fox Squirrel Solar project, which will occupy approximately 3,444 acres within a 3,766-acre area located in Madison County, west of Columbus. Fox Squirrel Solar is being developed by EDF Renewables and its 577 MW of capacity ties it with OCI’s multisite Alamo project in San Antonio as the 5th-largest American solar project known to pv magazine.
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