Ross County Solar, LLC on Aug. 13 filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board a request for a waiver of the requirement to hold a public meeting in the project area in relation to its proposed solar facility in Ross County, Ohio.
As noted in the filing, Ross County Solar is proposing to build the up to 120-MW, solar-powered electric generating facility.
As part of the pre-application process, the applicant is required to hold a public information meeting “in the area in which the project is located,” Ross County Solar said, adding that it is seeking a waiver from the rule requirement to hold the public meeting in the project area due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as orders issued by the Ohio Department of Health.
In lieu of an in-person meeting in the area where the project is located, Ross County Solar said that it has developed a plan for a web-based and telephone-based meeting, as well as providing a way for members of the public to obtain the same project information by calling or writing to Ross County Solar, which would then be followed by a one-on-one teleconference with that person.
As acknowledged by the board, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine in March signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in the state to provide the well-being of Ohioans from the dangerous effects of COVID-19, Ross County Solar said.
Among other things, Ross County Solar also noted that the “Stay Safe Ohio Order,” for instance, generally prohibits gatherings of 10 or more people.
Ross County Solar said that it will timely publish a newspaper notice that will include such information as a link to its website, which notes that the project will span about 1,400 acres and will connect to the electric grid via the Buckskin Township substation. Construction of the project is anticipated to begin as early as 4Q21, with commercial operations beginning as early as 4Q22, the site said.
Ross County Solar said in its filing that it plans to hold an interactive web-based meeting, currently anticipated to be held in September, to allow the public to learn about the project, as well as ask questions.
Ross County Solar is a subsidiary of Geronimo Energy, LLC, a National Grid company.