We have been working hard opposing Birch Solar 1 and this Public Hearing will be one of the simplest ways you can assist us. The Ohio Power Siting Board recently denied its first renewable energy project (Republic Wind) with one of the primary reasons being public opposition. Please stand up for your community and with us in opposing this huge utility-scale solar complex.
2750 Harding Hwy, Lima, OH 45804
Allen County Fairgrounds Youth Activities Building 2750 Harding Highway - Lima, Ohio 45804THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2021 AT 6:00PM.
THIS PROJECT NEVER HAS BEEN A "DONE DEAL"! - THIS WILL BE THE LAST TIME THE PUBLIC AT LARGE HAS A CHANCE TO COMMENT ON THIS DEVELOPMENT AND YOUR ATTENDANCE IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE!
This public hearing is one of the remaining and critical steps our community can take in showing our opposition to the Birch Solar 1 utility-scale industrial development. YOUR TESTIMONY IS IMPORTANT as the first renewable energy development denied by the Ohio Power Siting Board (that we can find and are aware of) occurred this year. Why? Of the two primary reasons - PUBLIC OPPOSITION WAS A DETERMINING FACTOR.
It seems as though we are witnessing the Ohio Power Siting Board's (OPSB) historic position on "public need, necessity and convenience" (one of the eight criteria the OPSB uses to grant/deny applications) shifting to the benefit of local communities. We need your help in flooding this Public Hearing with members within the community who oppose this Birch Solar 1. We are only asking for five (5) minutes of your time to testify.
You can attend without speaking. If you have written comments but do not wish to present testimony, or if you have written comments from someone who was unable to attend the hearing, you may submit the comments by email to contactOPSB@puco.ohio.gov or by mail to Ohio Power Siting Board, 180 E. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43215. The written comments will be filed in the case record. (Birch Solar 1 - 20-1605-EL-BGN)
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OPSB will have additional staff on hand to direct attendees.
During the hearing, an OPSB administrative law judge, who conducts the hearing, representatives of other parties in the case, and a court reporter will be seated at the front of the room. There will be a sign-in table near the entrance to the room. If you wish to make a statement at the hearing, please print your name and complete address on the sign-in sheet.
When the hearing begins, the administrative law judge will explain the purpose for the hearing and call forward individuals to present testimony based on the order in which they signed-in. When it is your turn to speak, you will be asked to state your name and address for the record and to swear or affirm that what you are about to say is the truth.
Attorneys representing the applicant and other parties may ask you questions on cross-examination. The hearing will end once all interested individuals have testified. Please note, if you are an intervenor or a party to the case that will participate in the adjudicatory hearing, please do not present testimony at the local public hearing.
During the hearing, the administrative law judge presiding over the proceedings will conduct the hearing, and a court reporter will transcribe the hearing. Please respect the rights of other participants. In this regard, anyone who becomes disruptive, or refuses to follow the procedures, may be asked to leave the event. The hearing will end once all witnesses have testified.
If you wish to make a statement, remember to focus your testimony on the issues in the case. Testimony will be considered part of the official record of the case to be reviewed by the Board before they make their final decision. If you give testimony, representatives of the project developer and other parties may ask you questions about your statement.
If you wish to supplement your testimony with an exhibit for the Board’s consideration, a copy of the document, along with a reference to the case number, must be provided to the Board by email at contactOPSB@puco.ohio.gov or by mail at Ohio Power Siting Board, 180 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
If you have written comments but do not wish to present testimony, or if you have written comments from someone who was unable to attend the hearing, you may submit the comments by email to contactOPSB@puco.ohio.govor by mail to Ohio Power Siting Board, 180 E. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43215. The written comments will be filed in the case record.