Senate Bill 52: What it means for you

The Union County Board of Commissioners will hold a public meeting at their offices, 233 W. 6th. St. at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss with Union County residents and the general public the implications of Senate Bill 52, which passed the Ohio General Assembly last summer.

In general, SB 52 authorizes deals with solar and wind farm projects that are popping up like dandelions all over the state of Ohio. Currently, counties and townships have little or no say in whether solar or wind projects can be erected within their political divisions. But since the passage of SB 52, county commissioners will be allowed to establish restricted areas within their counties — subject to a referendum, add two voting members to the Ohio Power Citing Board, and compel park developers solar and wind farms to submit decommissioning plans when applying to the OPSB.

Unfortunately for many here in Union County, Senate Bill 52 also grandfathered some wind and solar projects that were already in development and they are not subject to local approval mechanisms, such as new projects under SB 52 will be. In other words, the Cadence LLC solar farm will not be subject to the new rules under SB 52 and will not be a topic of conversation at Tuesday’s meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss future applications of SB 52 in Union County and discussion will be limited to this topic.

Norman D. Briggs