Solar power plant being built on old strip mining site in West Virginia –

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WBOY) — A leading solar energy company has been approved to built a 100-megawatt solar power plant in Mineral County.

The Public Service Commission of West Virginia (PSC) announced in a press release Wednesday that it has approved the plant and a battery storage facility along with it.

The facility will be built by Potomac Hills Energy, LLC which is owned by Virginia-based Energix US, LLC, on 650 acres that were formerly used for strip mining, according to the PSC. Approximately 265,000 solar panels will be organized in rows at the site and “generate enough electricity to power approximately 60,000 homes for a day,” the release said.

The company also estimates that the plant’s construction will have a $64.7 million economic impact for the county.

Originally a hearing on the project was planned for April 25, but the PSC said it canceled the meeting after “no letters of protest were received.”

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