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Palomino Solar Energy Project

Public Hearings

The public will be given an opportunity to comment on the proposed Palomino Solar Energy Project. The public hearing for this proceeding shall consist of two parts and will be conducted in-person:

1. A local public hearing, pursuant to R.C. 4906.08(C), where the Board shall accept written or oral testimony from any person on June 29, 2022, at 5:00 p.m., at Wharton Building, Highland County Fairgrounds, 604 John Street #1030, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133.

2. An evidentiary hearing commencing on July 13, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., Hearing Room 11-C, at the offices of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, 180 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. The purpose of the evidentiary hearing is for Applicant, Staff, and any intervenors to provide evidence regarding the Application. To participate in the adjudicatory hearing, intervention is necessary.

See details here for public hearings.

The Palomino Solar Energy Project

Innergex is the developer and will finance, construct and be the long-term owner and operator of the proposed 200 MWAC Palomino Solar Energy Project (“Palomino” or the “Project”). We pride ourselves on being stewards of the communities in which we operate and strive to share the long-term value of our operating facilities with all project stakeholders.

Palomino will be located in Dodson and Union Townships, just east of Lynchburg, in Highland County, Ohio. The Project will add clean energy to Ohio’s electrical grid, providing enough power to meet the energy needs of over 40,000 Ohioan households. Construction will be funded by Innergex and the power will be sold to a large energy buyer, most likely a creditworthy corporation or electric utility. Along with supplying competitively-priced electricity to the grid, Palomino will provide significant short and long-term economic benefits to the local community.

Highland County is an ideal location for solar energy development in Ohio as it has some of the Buckeye state’s best solar resource. Additionally, it has an abundance of clear, flat land which allows for straightforward project design and construction. Palomino would consist of rows of photovoltaic (PV) solar arrays mounted on aluminum racks. The solar modules are strung together like Christmas lights and fed through inverters which convert the direct current (DC) electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity. The inverted AC current will connect via underground cables to the project substation where the electricity voltage will be stepped up to the grid voltage using the main power transformer prior to being injected into the grid.

Innergex has a successful track record developing and constructing similar projects, like its 200 MW Hillcrest solar facility located in neighboring Brown County and commissioned in 2021.

About Innergex

At Innergex Renewable Energy (Innergex), a global publicly-traded company headquartered in Canada, we believe in sustainable development that balances People, our Planet and Prosperity. We develop Hydro, Wind, Solar and Energy Storage facilities that we own for the long-term. Since our foundation in 1990, working with communities has been key to our success. For over 15 years, Innergex has been present in the US, is currently active in several states and has a main office in San Diego.

Community Benefits

Innergex’s philosophy has always been to develop and operate reliable, high-quality projects while respecting the environment and balancing the best interests of communities and partners. Thus, when developing a solar energy project, Innergex believes in maximizing local benefits, such as giving preference to hiring local people, consultants, businesses and contractors.

Once in operation, property taxes generated by the project are expected to contribute about $1,800,000 per year amongst Highland County, Dodson and Union Townships, East Clinton Local School District, Hillsboro City School District and Lynchburg-Clay School District. Beyond this stable and durable revenue for local administrations, Innergex has a long history of sponsoring and supporting education, local associations and community events in the communities where we operate.

Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB)

The mission of the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) is to support sound energy policies that allow for the installation of new energy generation and transmission infrastructure which provide long-term benefits to Ohio citizens, promote the state’s economic interests, and protect the environment.

Learn more about the OPSB, the application process, steps involved, and how you can participate in it: Ohio Power Siting Board

 

Palomino Application

Landing page for Case No. 21-0041-EL-BGN with access to the application materials, schedule and docket.

To request a hard copy of the application, please contact us directly. Please note that hard copies will be provided at the cost of printing and delivery. Hard copies of the application are available for review at the Hillsboro Public Library or the Lynchburg Branch Library

Downloads

Those files are shared for information but may have been superseded.

 

Handouts

To download the Palomino Handout

 

Public Information Meeting, June 28, 2021 

To download the Public Information Meeting Slides

To watch the Virtual Public Information Meeting

 

Virtual Public Information Meeting, March 9, 2021

To download the Public Information Meeting Slides

To watch the Virtual Public Information Meeting

To download the Public Information Meeting Questions and Answers following the March 9, 2021 meeting

 

Newsletter

Newsletter #1 – June 2022

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Read our frequently asked questions here.

 

OPSB Certificate

September 2021 Application

January 2022 First Supplement

January 2022 Second Supplement

Data Request Responses

Contact Us

Do you have questions, comments or would you like a copy of the application? Please send us your request at: palomino@innergex.com. You can also mail your questions to:

Palomino Solar, C/O Innergex Renewable Energy
3636 Nobel Drive
San Diego, California
92122

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