Solar Shift

There is a major shift taking place in the mix of technologies being used in Ohio to generate electricity. The influx of wind and natural gas-fired generation projects that the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) witnessed in the 2010s is now trending toward solar generation.

Projects are being primarily sited in southern and western Ohio where solar resources are better: there’s available access to the transmission grid and the acres of flat land that are needed to construct utility scale solar projects. As a result, dozens of these projects are being considered in Ohio.

This map and spreadsheet illustrate the approved and pending solar farm case load currently before the OPSB. There’s 4,005 MW pending or planned, which will more than triple the 1,175 MW that’s currently approved and under construction.

Residents and public officials living in and around the proposed project area of a pending OPSB case are often interested in receiving information about the case and participating in the power siting process.

If you are interested in participating in a pending OPSB case, check here for the guide to public participation.

Information courtesy of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

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