FirstEnergy Planning West Virginia Solar Energy Project – CBS Pittsburgh – Nach Welt

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – FirstEnergy Corp. has applied to build five solar energy projects in its West Virginia service area.

The Akron, Ohio-based utility company estimates that if the projects were approved by West Virginia regulators, they would generate 50 megawatts of electricity, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

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The plans are in line with a 2020 bill passed by state lawmakers that allows electricity suppliers to own and operate up to 200 megawatts of renewable generation assets. They would not displace the company’s current coal-fired power plant capacity, the newspaper reported.

The application was submitted through FirstEnergy’s two subsidiaries, Mon Power and Potomac Edison.

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Construction could start as early as 2022, and all projects should be completed by 2025.

Sites include a 26 acre reclaimed ash landfill in Berkeley County, 51 acre adjacent to a Mon Power substation in Hancock County, 95 acre in Monongalia County, and 44 acre open pit in Tucker County. A fifth location is being examined.

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