SOLV Energy breaks ground on 196-MW Ohio solar project

Leeward Renewable Energy has announced it has begun on-site construction of the 196 MW Big Plain Solar project near London, Ohio. The renewable energy generated by the project will be supplied to Verizon Communications under a long-term power purchase agreement.

SOLV Energy is acting as EPC contractor for the project, which will use First Solar modules. Big Plain Solar is expected to provide approximately 400 construction jobs, at least 80% of which will be Ohioans, furthering LRE’s commitment to hiring local workers.

As part of LRE’s pledge to be responsible stewards of the land it develops and manages, the company will implement numerous sustainable practices at Big Plain Solar, including maintaining a soil health monitoring program and managing a pollinator habitat of 70 hectares.

“The start of construction at Big Plain Solar is an integral step in the advancement of LRE’s solar portfolio and an important milestone for Ohio and the local community,” said John Wieland, chief development officer at LRE. “This project offers Madison County benefits not only for economic development, but also for the environment. In the LRE portfolio, we are constantly looking for ways to implement innovative land management practices to improve the soil health and aesthetics of our projects, and we look forward to implementing these practices at Big Plain Solar. We thank Madison County and the rest of the community for their continued support and long-term partnership.”

LRE expects the project to be commercially operational in June 2023.

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