National Grid begins construction on 167 MW of solar in Ohio


Ohio is getting a double dose of solar, as National Grid Renewables has started construction at neighboring projects in southern Ohio. Once operational, the Ross County Solar Project and the Fayette Solar Project will deliver a combined 167.5 MW of clean solar power in Ross and Fayette counties, respectively.

“Ross and Fayette mark our second and third projects to break ground in Ohio, the first being our Yellowbud Solar Project, in Ross and Pickaway counties,” said Joe Ibrahim, VP of construction and engineering at National Grid Renewables. “We’re excited to extend our partnership with communities both locally and statewide, and we look forward to bringing these projects through construction into operation to benefit our neighbors and landowners.”

Both projects are being constructed by Kiewit Power Constructors Co. and will utilize solar modules developed and produced by First Solar Inc., who has a manufacturing plant near Toledo, Ohio.

“The success of the Yellowbud Solar Project is the result of National Grid Renewables’ strong collaboration with First Solar, Kiewit, and the community,” said Jake Lathers, project manager for Kiewit Power Constructors. “We look forward to continuing this partnership through the construction of the Ross and Fayette solar projects, which will provide clean, reliable energy to the local area along with additional economic benefits and training opportunities.” 

At 120 MW, Ross is anticipated to produce an estimated $27 million in new tax revenue throughout its first 25 years of operation. Fayette, a 47.5 MW project, is estimated to create $10.6 million in tax revenue during that same period. Together, the projects will also donate approximately $670,000 through local charitable funds. Using the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator, the projects are estimated to offset carbon dioxide emissions by 145,000 metric tons annually.

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