Greene County Commission has filed a notice of intervention with the Ohio Power Siting Board for a proposed solar farm being planned near John Bryan State Park, according to Dayton Daily News. By filing a notice of intervention, it allows the county to testify as part of the process with state board.
“There is no position in this resolution at this time,” says county administrator Brandon Huddleson, noting it simply says the commissioners would want to be involved in the process.
Vesper Energy proposes spending between $144 million and $171 million to build the local project, known as Kingwood Solar. Construction could start as soon as summer 2022, with green energy produced around the fall of 2023. The company plans to erect 410,000 solar photovoltaic panels over 1,200 acres, along with a substation, utility switchyard and other infrastructure.
The application for the solar farm estimates a multimillion-dollar impact for Greene County, but only if certain approvals from county commissioners are met. The impact would come from construction work and tax revenue for both the county and the township.
Xenia Twp., Miami Twp. and Cedarville Twp. have all filed motions to intervene with the siting board.
The Ohio Power Siting Board will make the final decision on the solar project. The county does have a say when it comes to considering a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) program. PILOTs provide a consistent, guaranteed yearly payment from the company to the county for the life of the project. That would be done instead of taxing the facility, which would also generate annual payments but those would decrease over time as the facility’s equipment ages.