OPSB approves solar energy projects in Hancock County, electric transmission line in Franklin County

Feb 28, 2023News, Newsletter

PUCO (Public Utilities Commission of Ohio) 

In February’s board meeting, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) authorized South Branch Solar, LLC and Border Basin I, LLC to construct solar-powered electric generating facilities in Hancock County. The OPSB also approved AEP Ohio Transmission Company’s plans to construct a 138 kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line in Franklin County.

South Branch Solar is authorized to construct a 129.6 megawatt solar-powered electric generating facility in Washington Township; Border Basin Solar is authorized to construct a 120 megawatt solar-powered electric generating facility in Cass Township.The OPSB approved a settlement agreement allowing AEP Ohio Transmission Company to construct the Groves Road-Shannon Transmission Line along the preferred route, using steel monopoles for support. The route is approximately 6.6 miles long and primarily follows the existing Refugee-Groves 138 kV and Astor‑Shannon 138 kV transmission lines rights-of-way. 

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