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Solar Facility coming to Vinton County

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Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 11:55 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSAZ) - The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority has approved a solar facility in Vinton County for State Solar Credits.

Vinton Solar Energy LLC is among three facilities approved by the OAQDA’s board Tuesday as part of the state’s Solar Generation Fund, which receives $20 million in annual funding.

Vinton Solar Energy LLC is a 125-megawatt facility and owned by a privately held global developer and operator, Invenergy, which specializes in sustainable energy solutions.

The facility will receive financial assistance through the Solar Generation Fund until the end of 2027.

Two state representatives applauded the approval Thursday.

“I’m proud to welcome Vinton Solar Energy LLC to Vinton County,” said State Representative Jay Edwards (R-Nelsonville). “I would like to thank the OAQDA for giving the people of Vinton County the opportunity to be a part of the growing renewable energy industry in Ohio.”

“The tax revenues that this facility will bring to the local communities are significant,” said State Representative Jason Stephens (R-Kitts Hill). “It will play a large role in further bolstering our local economies as we regain our financial footing from the devastating effects of the global pandemic.”

In March, the legislature approved House Bill 128, which extended the application deadline for solar facilities to apply for financial assistance. Stephens voted for the bill when it was reported favorably out of House Public Utilities Committee and when it received its third consideration on the House floor. Edwards also voted in favor of the bill on the floor.

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