Building a Bright Future in Madison County
Madison Fields Solar Project
Madison Fields Solar Project is constructing a 180 MW solar energy facility in Madison County, Ohio, starting in December 2022 and continuing through December 2023. The project began its journey in early 2018, reached Ohio Power Siting Board permitting approval in 2022, and is now becoming a reality.
Through April 2023, the majority of construction activity will consist of site preparation and earthwork, substation construction, and post and racking installation. Construction activity will generally take place from the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or from sunrise to sunset to ensure minimal disruption of daily activity. Occasionally, some construction activities may take place at night, but they will be limited to low-sound activities. No noise or light impacts are expected to affect nearby residences. Please note, the sequencing of construction activities is subject to change due to weather conditions or other adverse events.
For the most recent construction updates, please visit our project Facebook page here.
Benefits of a Solar Energy Project
A solar project provides a healthy, productive economic development opportunity for local land to harvest a stable cash crop – the sun. Benefits include positive impacts to the local economy through tax revenues to local governments and support to other local services. Host communities typically experience economic boosts for local businesses and supply chains as well as the opportunities for new jobs.
In addition to being safe and compatible with agricultural and rural residential uses, solar energy facilities exist in harmony with wildlife and the environment. They make good neighbors because they operate almost silently without producing odor or byproducts or attracting additional traffic.
In the bigger picture, solar energy projects provide an abundant, earth-friendly, sustainable power resource to help stabilize electricity costs. These amazing systems lessen carbon emissions and contribute to the diversification of the nation’s electricity grid.
Local Economic Impacts
Madison Fields Solar Project will contribute $1.62 million annually to local taxing entities throughout the life of the project. It increases the local tax base and creates stable revenue to fund local schools and other public services.
Solar power also generates indirect positive economic impacts during the construction process as local businesses (restaurants, gas stations, hotels, stores, and more) and supply chains experience an influx of customers.