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Highland County solar projects pending approval

Proposed facilities could bring millions of dollars

Randy Drewyor, treasurer of the Bright Local Schools, speaks at a press conference prior to a Public Utilities Commission of Ohio hearing on two massive solar projects proposed for Highland County.

COLUMBUS — “Local and area officials gathered in Columbus on Tuesday to urge the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to approve the construction of two massive solar farms in Highland County that could potentially bring thousands of jobs and millions of dollars to the area.

As previously reported, AEP Ohio filed a proposal with PUCO in September to support the development of the facilities, which are expected to generate $6.7 million in local tax revenue and save customers approximately $200 million over the next 20 years.

Additionally, the projects are expected to create 4,000 jobs during the construction process and 150 sustainable manufacturing jobs, according to Alan Stockmeister, a trustee of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.

Stockmeister and other officials, including Randy Drewyor of Bright Local Schools, held a press conference prior to PUCO’s first public hearing on the projects to discuss their implications.

Evan Blumer, project director for the Appalachian Ohio Solar Jobs Network, said Bright Local Schools and Lynchburg-Clay Local School District will benefit financially from the solar farms, and Drewyor, the Bright Local treasurer, said the projects would ‘greatly benefit’ his district.”

— David Wright, Hillsboro Times-Gazette

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