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Cuyahoga County to weigh in on lawsuit that threatens Brooklyn landfill solar farm

CLEVELAND — “A lawsuit filed by FirstEnergy’s Cleveland Electric llluminating Co. could derail a $10 million solar farm project at the closed Brooklyn landfill that is largely funded by Cuyahoga County.

The county’s Board of Control approved $142,000 to hire Bricker & Eckler LLP to represent the county in the lawsuit. That hire is subject to approval by county Prosecutor Michael O’Malley.

County Sustainability Director Mike Foley told board members on Monday that the county needed to hire lawyers to defend the county’s interests because $4 million in county money has already been used to construct the solar farm, and the lawsuit could ‘delay’ the project or ‘potentially stop it.’

Foley also said that the county likely will win in court, and believes there are no problems with the legalities of the project.”

— Courtney Astolfi, Cleveland Plain Dealer

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