May 20 (Renewables Now) - Regulators in Ohio have given the thumbs-up to two projects that will add up to 470 MW of solar power capacity in the state, plus some battery storage, it was announced on Thursday.
The approval was given by the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) and concerns the construction of the up to 170-MW Hardin Solar Energy Centre II in Hardin county’s Marion, Roundhead, and McDonald townships. Proposed by Hardin Solar Energy, the project will be an extension of the 150-MW Hardin Solar Energy Centre I, which was approved by the OPSB last year. The second stage will be coupled with up to 60 MW of energy storage capacity.
Hardin Solar Energy intends to start building the complex in the second quarter of this year and bring it online a year later.
OPSB has also cleared Hecate Highland Energy LLC’s plan to install an up to 300-MW photovoltaic (PV) park in Highland county’s Clay and Whiteoak townships. Construction of the plant is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2019 and be completed in the first quarter of 2021.