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More Approvals Made For Area Solar Field Farms

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(COLUMBUS) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today approved applications filed by Big Plain Solar, LLC (Big Plain) and Hecate Energy Highland 4, LLC (Hecate) to construct solar‑powered generating facilities in Madison and Highland counties, respectively.

Big Plain’s Madison Solar Project is a 196 megawatt (MW) facility located in Fairfield and Oak Run townships in Madison County. The project will occupy approximately 1,200 acres within a 2,438-acre project area.

Hecate’s New Market Solar I Project is a 65 MW facility located in Clay and Whiteoak townships in Highland County. The project will occupy approximately 824 acres within a 1,114-acre project area. Hecate’s request for certification of the 35 MW New Market Solar II Project was not addressed by the OPSB.

Both projects will consist of large arrays of ground-mounted photovoltaic modules, commonly referred to as solar panels, mounted on tracking systems that will rotate to track the sun. The projects include associated facilities such as access roads, electric collection lines, inverters and transformers, and substations.

Additional information about today’s OPSB decisions is available at www.OPSB.ohio.gov. Copies of today’s opinions and orders will be available in case numbers 19-1823-EL-BGN (Big Plain) and 20‑1288-EL‑BGN (Hecate). A recorded webcast of today’s OPSB meeting is available on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/PUCOhio.  

Don’t Forget To Set Clocks Forward This Weekend

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Before heading to bed Saturday night (March 13th), don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour, as Daylight Savings Time goes into effect at 2am Sunday, March 14th.


This will remain in effect until November 7th of 2021, when clocks will need to “fall back” by one hour in a return to Daylight Standard Time.


The Uniform Time Act of 1966 standardized time zones and daylight savings practices around the nation, but allowed states to pass laws that would exempt them from the time changes. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation sites “energy savings and reduced traffic crashes with the additional hour of evening sunlight”, claiming it “allows more individuals time to commute from school or work, complete errands, before sunset.” 


Arizona and Hawaii are currently the only two states that do not observe Daylight Savings Time, and there has been some talk in Congress to change federal law to keep the time standard on Daylight Savings Time- as the new Standard Time.

34 states have expressed interest in this change, but they need the approval of Congress before this would be allowed, although they do have permission not to participate in the Daylight Savings Time. The states are permitted to remain on Standard Time year around, if their state legislatures approve that.

Ross Community Action HEAP Winter Crisis Program Ends March 31st

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Time is running out to apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as H.E.A.P., which is an end date of March 31st for it’s 2020-21 Winter Crisis Program.

Appointments are still available with assistance for natural gas, electric, fuel oil/propane and firewood. One time assistance is still available for those who have not utilized the program for this winter season.

Households eligible must be at or below 175% of the 2020-21 federal poverty guidelines.

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Ohio Power Siting Board OK’s Yellowbud Solar Farm

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(Columbus) — The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved Yellowbud Solar, LLC’s application to construct a 274 megawatt solar-powered generating facility located in Deerfield and Union Townships in Ross County along with Wayne Township in Pickaway County.

The Yellowbud Solar Project will occupy 1,383 acres within a 2,040 acre project area. The project will consist of large arrays of ground-mounted photovoltaic modules, commonly referred to as solar panels, mounted on a tracking system that will rotate to track the sun.

The project will include associated facilities such as access roads, meteorological stations, electric collection lines, inverters and transformers, a substation, a 138 kilovolt gen-tie line, a point interconnection switchyard and an operations and maintenance building.

Second Solar Farm Proposed In Ross County

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(Updated 2/12/21)

The Ohio Power Siting Board has scheduled an electronic meeting on February 18th to hear comments concerning construction of a proposed Solar Panel Farm that would involve acres in both Ross and Pickaway counties.

Yellowbud Solar, LLC is seeking a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need to Construct a Solar-Powered Electric Generation Facility in Ross and Pickaway Counties, Ohio. (Opinion, Order, and Certificate Considering Application).

The hearing is listed under Case Number 20-972-EL-BGN

Due to the state of emergency and with the passage of Am. Sub. H.B. 197, the Board will conduct an electronic meeting on February 18, 2021.  The public will be able to attend by calling in or viewing a live video on the internet.

Phone Number: 1-408-418-9388

Event Number / Access Code: 179 905 1758

The proposal for the Yellowbud area is the second solar farm panel proposal to be announced that will include land in Ross County, with another recently announced to cover Buckskin and Paint Townships.

In a related note, Amanda Stallings will speak with the Ross County Commissioners at 10:30am February 15th, concerning a pilot application for the Yellowbud Solar Project.

In another recent move to construct a solar farm in this area, a 3-2 vote by the Fayette County Board of Zoning Appeals approved a proposal to construct a solar farm in Perry Township.

Fayette County Zoning Board member Greg McCune told Litter Media that the group behind the plan should be able to proceed to the next step.

“They will have to submit building plans to the building department for approval, which should be no big deal, other than that they have the approval they need to start”.

The Fayette Zoning Board approved the move at their February 8th meeting.

National Grid Renewables is proposing the project to design and operate on 435 acres of land between Bonner, Barrett and Beatty Roads and the Highland County line.

ROSS & Fayette Solar Farms Growing Closer TO APPROVAL

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UPDATED 10:45am 1/27/21

The Ohio Power Siting Board has scheduled a public hearing regarding Ross County Solar, LLC’s proposal to build a 120 megawatt solar farm in Ross County.

The Ross County solar farm would be located on 1,433 acres in Buckskin and Paint townships. The hearing will be conducted using the Webex virtual platform that facilitates participation by telephone or live video on the internet.

The public hearing will be held on April 6, 2021, beginning at 6pm. The public hearing will allow residents in the community, who are not parties to the case, to provide testimony about the project. Testimony will be limited to five minutes per witness, and the hearing transcript will become part of the case record considered by the OPSB.

Testimonies will be limited to five minutes per witness.

In Fayette County, a decision to move forward on a plan for a separate solar farm in Perry Township has been continued for a meeting now scheduled for February 8th.

According to Fayette County zoning board member Greg McCune, “Due to the absence of a board member, the board voted to do a continuation of the meeting until February 8th. The board stated they wanted all board members there for the vote.”

The Fayette County Board of Zoning Appeals will meet February 8th at 7pm to consider granting a conditional use permit for the “Fayette Solar Farm”.

National Grid Renewables is proposing the project, which if approved, they would design and operate on 435 acres of land between Bonner, Barrett and Beatty Roads and the Highland County line.

Monday night’s 7pm Fayette County Zoning Board meeting will be held at the Union Township building at 1505 Old State Route 38 near Washington CH.