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Enviros And Coal Companies Team Up To Support Construction Of Large Solar Farm

Dec 5, 2018

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Diverse groups are teaming up to support construction of Ohio's largest solar farm.  

Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow explains.

Environmental advocates, business groups, and even a coal company are joining forces to support a solar farm proposal in Highland County.

Matt Evans, with the Boich Companies, a coal investor, says this would bring sorely needed jobs to Appalachia.

 

Evans: “A part of the state that’s had plant closures, power plan closures, mine closures...I believe that frankly Columbus has ignored this part of the state for the last several years. And I think that this is an opportunity starting now to get some good news to Appalachia.”

 

Although he comes from coal, Evans says it’s important to have a diverse energy portfolio.

 

Supporters say the project, which is subject to PUCO approval, could power more than 325,000 homes.