375MW of renewable energy near Lima, Ohio

Lightsource bp is in the process of developing the Birch solar farm in Ohio, about 10 miles southwest of Lima.


OPSB Process & Public Meetings

  • Site-Build-Timeline-Site-Selection

    Site assessment & preliminary design

  • Site-Build-Timeline-Design-Assessment

    Stakeholder outreach

  • Site-Build-Timeline-Planning

    Permitting & environmental studies

  • Land management & biodiversity planning

  • Final engineering, financing & construction

  • Operation & maintenance

  • Decommissioning & recycling

Birch will be financed with private capital, built, owned and operated by Lightsource bp and will have an output power capacity of 375 megawatts dc (300 megawatts ac)– generating enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 55,000 local homes per year.

The site for Birch has been carefully selected. Our project development involves site specific environmental assessments that include cultural surveys, threatened and endangered species assessments, wetlands delineations, as well as consultation with wildlife regulatory agencies. Another important aspect of our development process is Lightsource bp’s commitment to engaging with local stakeholders within the community.

  • $2.7 million
    in new annual revenue for schools and local and county governments
  • 400 jobs
    during construction, hiring local subcontractors and recruiting from the local labor pool
  • 423,700
    metric tons of CO2 abated each year, contributing to a healthier environment
  • 91,515
    fuel burning cars taken off the road (equivalent)


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We’ve received lots of interest in our Birch solar project, so we’ve put together a list of the most commonly asked questions, and their answers.


Get in touch

If you’d like to find out more about this project, email birchsolar@lightsourcebp.com, or fill out the form, in the link below. We aim to get back to you within five working days.

Inquiries Form

In the community

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