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Kansas Company Petitions PSC To Build Solar Project In Mason County

Solar panels arranged in a green field under overcast skies.
Toyota's solar array in Putnam county is the largest in the state, but that could change.
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TED Renewables, based in Overland Park, Kansas, has applied to the West Virginia Public Service Commission for a siting certificate for a solar project near New Haven.

The 100-megawatt facility will consist of 226,000 solar panels spread over 304 acres that’s currently being used to raise cattle.

The electricity it produces will be fed into an existing transmission line to Appalachian Power.

The project will require a variety of other state and federal permits relating to stream crossings, stormwater runoff, endangered species and historical and cultural impacts.

The project’s builders say they intend to begin construction in 2025 and place the facility in operation by 2026.

Mason County is also the site of a future Nucor steel plant that will use renewable energy.