SUMMITVILLE — Neighborhood members had been launched to plans for a proposed photo voltaic facility that might occupy roughly 1,000 acres of Franklin Township farmland.
Representatives of Liberty Energy hosted a public info assembly Wednesday night time as step one of gathering public enter on the Kensington Photo voltaic Venture, a proposed 135-megawatt photo voltaic electrical producing facility. The final function of the challenge is to “maximize vitality manufacturing from photo voltaic sources with the intention to ship clear, renewable electrical energy to the regional transmission system to serve the wants of electrical utilities and their prospects” based on a launch from Kensington, a subsidiary of Liberty that will likely be overseeing the challenge.
The 1,000 acres are anticipated to be leased from three completely different property house owners for 35 years, the full size of the challenge. A big portion of the land within the preliminary web site plan is owned by Summitcrest Holdings LLC, and some parcels are owned by Nonetheless Waters Farm LLC and Pamela Kosko based on county tax information.
If the challenge goes by means of, photo voltaic panels will seem all through Franklin Township from north of Summitville close to Fink Highway down south previous Lewis Highway. If the challenge goes based on the proposed timeline, building will begin and finish in 2023. The assembly introduced a crowd of involved locals who wished to know extra concerning the challenge. Keith Speirs, Wooster, got here to ask questions on behalf of his household who nonetheless lives within the space. He mentioned he grew up in Summitville on his household farm, and whereas he’s all for renewable vitality, he doesn’t suppose Franklin Township is the precise place for the challenge. He got here to the assembly to ask why the world was chosen and who introduced the challenge to the village however mentioned he was not given a straight reply.
Longtime Summitville resident and native enterprise proprietor Kim Sabatino got here out to listen to extra concerning the challenge and mentioned it’s a tragic day for the neighborhood.
“It’s simply very unhappy. For 35 years I’ve been blessed with a gorgeous view. It’s a catch-22–I see what they’re doing, I see each side of it,” Sabatino mentioned. “So I’m seeking to transfer. I solely have 5 acres and I’m not going to dwell in the course of it.”
The assembly was step one out of an extended course of with the intention to achieve approval from the Ohio Energy Sitting Board. Liberty Energy environmental planner Olivia Neter mentioned the challenge continues to be early within the pre-application part and there are a number of methods the general public can voice their opinion concerning the challenge. Public feedback could be submitted to the OPSB members and employees and could be submitted anytime on-line, by means of electronic mail or by mail. An area public listening to will even be held within the subsequent few months. The OPSB will acquire sworn statements from the general public which will likely be a part of the official report. The statements will all be heard and thought of earlier than the OPSB decides.
The general public can ship emails to [email protected], go to www.opsb.ohio.gov, name 866-270-6772 or ship a letter to Ohio Energy Sitting Board 180 E. Broad Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
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