Business, construction and development leaders across Appalachia are rallying in support of AEP’s plan to build the largest solar farm in Ohio history.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio held its first public hearing this week on AEP Ohio’s plan to build two solar farms in Highland County: the 300-megawatt Highland Solar Farm, and the 100-megawatt Willowbrook Solar Farm.
If completed, the Highland Solar Farm be the state’s largest.
At the packed meeting, economic development leaders said the project could see investment in a part of the state that just this year was hurt by the closure of two coal-fired power plants. About 50 residents and community groups spoke during the meeting Tuesday morning.
“This is bigger than AEP. This could really be a landmark case for Ohio solar energy,” Marc Reitter, AEP’s vice president of regulatory and finance, told me at the meeting. “This could…