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

Feb 28, 2023 | News, 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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