Today, AEP Ohio filed at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to develop the two largest solar projects in Ohio history - the 300 MW Highland Solar project and the 100 MW Willowbrook Solar project, both located in Highland County, 13abc learned through a release from the Sierra Club. These projects will make Ohio a solar leader in the Midwest and build more solar generation than is currently built in any of our surrounding five states, according to data from the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Neil Waggoner, Ohio Campaign Representative for Sierra Club said: "These are the sort of transformative projects that really move the ball forward for clean energy in our state and today's announcement is something AEP customers, and all Ohioans, should be excited about. The projects will help answer the demand for clean energy AEP customers and businesses are demanding and provide significant economic development and good jobs in areas of that state that need more support. As Ohio continues the inevitable move beyond coal, what comes next is here and now; massive investment in clean energy in our communities and good Ohio jobs to support it."
According to AEP’s filing, the construction of the Appalachian solar projects will create approximately 3,900 jobs and at least 113 permanent jobs. These are jobs and new opportunities for industry in an area of Ohio in need of new future focused investments.
AEP Ohio made a public commitment to pursue the development of solar and wind generation resources in an agreement approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) in November 2016. The agreement included commitments to propose 400 MW of solar generation and 500 MW of wind generation produced in Ohio. The renewable energy projects must be approved by the PUCO.