MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The location of the previous DuPont Potomac River Works explosives manufacturing facility in Berkeley County would be the future dwelling of a $100 million photo voltaic electrical energy manufacturing facility.
The Berkeley County Council introduced Thursday that Torch Clear Power, primarily based in Colorado, is main one in all West Virginia’s first utility-scale photo voltaic initiatives.
The Bedington Power Facility will stand on the positioning of a former industrial facility that was beforehand designated as a Brownfield web site by the U.S. Environmental Safety Company resulting from potential contamination from the DuPont operations. The venture proposes turning 750 acres of land with restricted potential use into what the corporate says will likely be a 100-megawatt photo voltaic array that may energy 1000’s of properties and companies.
“Torch is happy to be working with Berkeley County to develop the Bedington Power Facility,” Torch Clear Power President Jon Kilberg mentioned. “The Mission will repurpose a former explosives manufacturing web site, and — with roughly $100 million invested — will likely be one of many nation’s largest brownfield renewable power initiatives. The Mission will likely be a beacon for main corporations which can be searching for to buy clear power and open operations in Berkeley County and West Virginia.”
The settlement features a cost in lieu of taxes, through which Torch Clear Power agreed to make vital yearly funds primarily based on the variety of megawatts generated. The corporate may even set up a 100-kilowatt photo voltaic array on a Berkeley County College for gratis to the Berkeley County Board of Schooling.
The venture will end result within the creation of between 150 and 200 building jobs. The life expectancy of the photo voltaic panels is greater than 35 years.