Clearview Solar I, LLC on Aug. 7 filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board a request for a waiver of the requirement to hold a public informational meeting (PIM) in the project area in relation to its proposed solar facility in Champaign County, Ohio.
As noted in the filing, Clearview is preparing to file an application with the board for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to build the Clearview Solar Project, an up-to-144-MW-ac, solar-powered electric generation facility in Adams Township, Champaign County.
Clearview noted that Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine in March signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Ohio to protect the well-being of Ohioans from the dangerous effects of COVID-19. In recognition of the ongoing pandemic and the continued state of emergency in Ohio, Clearview said that it requests that the board grant its waiver and, in lieu of an in-person PIM in the project area, the board authorize Clearview to implement an alternative public information program that would include such elements as a project website, a telephone PIM, and a web-based PIM.
The proposed program, Clearview said, goes beyond the requirements in the board’s rules and ensures that a larger range of individuals will receive notice of the project and the PIMs, as well as be given an opportunity to have their questions answered in an effective and timely manner.
According to the project website, the project would consist of thousands of interconnected solar modules mounted on racking affixed to steel pilings driven into the ground without need for concrete foundations.
The project is being developed by Open Road Renewables, according to the site.