COLUMBUS, OHIO (Nov. 19, 2020) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) will hold a public hearing regarding Hecate Energy Highland IV LLC’s proposal to construct the New Market Solar Farm in Highland County. The hearing will be conducted using Cisco Webex, a web-based platform that facilitates participation by telephone or live video on the internet.
The public hearing will be held on Jan. 19, 2021, beginning at 6 p.m. The purpose of the virtual public hearing is to allow residents in the local community, who are not parties to the case, to provide testimony about the project. Testimony will be limited to 5 minutes per witness, and the hearing transcript will become part of the case record considered by the OPSB.
Individuals who wish to provide testimony must register with the OPSB by 12 p.m., on Jan. 15, 2021, by completing the online registration form at https://opsb.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/opsb/events/new-market-solar-public-hearing or by calling (800) 686-7826. Individuals will be required to provide their full name and contact information and specify whether they plan to join the Webex event by internet or by telephone.
On the day of the local public hearing, all individuals who have registered to testify should be prepared to speak beginning at 6 p.m. Individuals who testify by internet will be promoted from Webex “attendee” to “panelist” when it is their turn to testify. Individuals who testify by telephone will be called by an OPSB staff member when it is their turn to testify, and then connected to the public hearing. If access or other issues are experienced during the hearing, individuals should immediately use the chat function within Webex or contact the OPSB at (614) 466‑6843 for assistance.
If individuals wish to supplement their testimony with an exhibit, a copy of the document, along with a reference to case number 20-1288-EL-BGN, must be provided to the OPSB no later than Jan. 22, 2021. Exhibits may be emailed to contactOPSB@puco.ohio.gov or mailed to Ohio Power Siting Board, 180 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
Individuals who wish to attend the hearing by telephone and not offer testimony may do so by dialing 408‑418‑9388 at any time during the hearing and entering access code 173 492 7444. The hearing will also be live streamed at www.youtube.com/user/PUCOhio.
The proposed New Market Solar Farm would be located on approximately 1,114 acres in Clay and Whiteoak townships in Highland County. The facility would have a generating capacity of 100 megawatts.
The Ohio Power Siting Board reviews applications for the construction of major utility facilities in Ohio. Together with Ohio’s elected officials, citizen stakeholders, and the energy industry, the Board strives to build a strong and competitive foundation for Ohio’s future.