9/26/2013 7:55 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - A New York-based company worked on a proposal to build three solar-energy fields in Fayette and Greenbrier Counties.
The project from Solar Thin Films Incorporated could create the state's first utility-scale solar electrical generation capacity. The firm worked on plans for up to 35 megawatts of generation capacity at sites in Alderson, Crawley, and Fayetteville. The company said it reached an "agreement in principal" with a local landowner to design and build the $140 million project and signed a contract on September 13.
Installation work was expected to begin before the end of the year, with all three sites completed in 18 months.