New Market solar hearings – Instances Gazette


The public can comment on the proposed New Market Solar I and II projects on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. via conference call or video link.

Hecate Energy proposes to develop, build and operate the 100 megawatt (MW) solar-powered power plant in southeast Highland County on over 1,000 acres of land in the Clay and Whiteoak townships.

The company said Tuesday’s hearing will allow the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) to hear written or oral statements about the solar panel farm, and that each statement would be limited to five minutes.

Although those interested in giving testimony had pre-registration with the Ohio Public Utilities Commission by last Friday, those wishing to attend Tuesday’s public hearing remotely and not testify can do so by calling +1 Call -408-418-9388 and enter the access code 173 492 7444.

The local public hearing will also be broadcast live on

An evidence hearing is due to take place practically on Monday, January 25th at 10 a.m. via Webex.

If individuals wish to provide additional evidence from the public hearing they must do so by Friday January 22nd by emailing, an exhibit for review by the OPSB, a copy of the document and a reference to Case No. 20-1288-EL-BGN.

Materials can also be sent to OPSB, 180 E. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43215.

As previously reported in The Times-Gazette, Hecate Energy said the new solar project would generate clean, renewable electricity and feed that electricity into the regional grid through Dayton Power & Light’s Clay substation.

New Market Solar I & II is designed to minimize the impact on the environment and natural resources as well as the point of view of neighboring property owners. This reflects similar comments the company made almost two years ago at a hearing at Whiteoak High School regarding the Highland Solar Farm.

“This 100 megawatt project, the New Market Solar Farm, which is bifurcated through 35 megawatts and 65 megawatts, is separate and separate from the Highland Solar Farm project,” said Jared Wren, development employee at Hecate. “They are separate projects, not an extension or an extension.”

The Hecate Highland Solar Farm he mentioned is believed to be a 300 MW solar farm on nearly 3,500 acres between Buford and north of Mowrystown.

The company requires that the certificate issued be “forked” in the words of Wren or divided into two branches or parts.

New Market Solar I would be a 65 MW facility covering 582 acres and would extend from Gath Road northeast on New Market Road to just before Landess Road before following Hollowtown Road southeast and then on Edwards Road between Gath and Fender roads ends.

New Market Solar II’s 222 acre footprint with a planned 35 MW capacity is located on the south side of Edwards Road and extends west from the junction of Fender and Edwards Roads to Stringtown Road.

Public comments can be submitted in writing on the OPSB website at by emailing . or by mail to OPSB, 180 E. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Hecate Energy hopes construction work for New Market Solar I & II can begin in the first quarter of this year. Completion and start of commercial operations will begin sometime in the fourth quarter.

Contact Tim Colliver at 937-402-2571.

This is a drawing by New Market Solar I & II showing the location in southeast Highland County.

Two institutions are proposed for the south-eastern part of the district

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