49.9 MW Ohio solar project takes step closer to reality

The project is set to be built on 750 acres of reclaimed land in Noble County, Ohio. It is expected to be constructed over three years, with work beginning next summer.

According to Glen Davis, CEO of Agile Energy of San Francisco – Turning Point Solar is a joint venture between Agile and New Harvest Ventures – over 600 direct jobs should be created, 300 of which will arise during the project’s construction.

Spanish photovoltaic company Isofoton has been contracted to supply the roughly 250,000 modules needed for the project.

A statement released said: "As part of the project moving forward, the company [Isofoton] has agreed to base its North American manufacturing facility in Ohio, and projects the facility [sic] will employ up to 330 when fully operational."

When completed, the project is expected to be the state’s largest. AEP Ohio says it intends to invest $20 million in its development. The company will also be responsible for its operation and maintenance.

Last Friday, the participating parties filed for approval with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Back in October, American Electric Power (AEP), New Harvest Ventures and Agile Energy signed a memorandum of understanding to enter into a 20-year purchase agreement for the facility’s power.