On May 16, 2019, the Ohio Power Siting Board approved construction of solar-powered electrical generation facilities in Hardin and Highland Counties.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio released the following announcement:

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today authorized Hardin Solar Energy II LLC and Hecate Highland Energy, LLC to construct solar-powered electric generating facilities in Hardin and Highland counties, respectively.

Hardin Solar Energy Center II, to be located in Marion, Roundhead, and McDonald townships, will be capable of generating up to 170 megawatts (MW) and will include a battery storage system with a capacity of up to 60 MW. Hardin Solar Energy plans to commence construction in the second quarter 2019 and to commission the facility in the second quarter of 2020. The facility will be merged with the 150 MW Hardin Solar Energy Center I, which was approved by the OPSB in February 2018.

Highland Solar Farm, to be located in Clay and Whiteoak townships, will be capable of generating up to 300 MW. Hecate Highland Energy plans to commence construction in the third quarter of 2019 and to commission the facility in the first quarter of 2021

Additional information about the OPSB decisions is available at www.OPSB.ohio.gov.

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