County files to intervene in solar farm development

By Kelsey Kimbler -

EATON — The Angelina Solar Facility is currently under “staff investigation” with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB). During a regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13, Preble County Commissioners discussed filing a motion to intervene and the county’s rights in the project.

Now that the application has passed its completeness review, the Preble County Commissioners have a right to intervene and have a seat at the table for ongoing discussions. The board will have to approve a resolution to intervene and move forward.

According to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Katie West, the board has 30 days to intervene after being served.

“Right now you have an intervention as a right — if we miss that 30 day window we would have to ask permission to go ahead and intervene. It makes more sense to intervene now, if that is what you want to do. It is my recommendation that you intervene — we want a seat at the table,” West said.

“I know there have been discussions about PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes), but this is not making a decision on that. All this is doing is saying we want a seat at the table so we can begin discussing all of that,” she added.

Once the board passes its resolution, West will file documentation with the OPSB indicating Preble County has officially intervened in the case as a Party of Record.

Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the resolution to intervene in proceeding for the application for the Angelina Solar Facility.

By Kelsey Kimbler

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH