Berkeley County Council Announces Large Solar Electricity Plant Coming to Berkeley County

BERKELEY COUNTY, WV – The Berkeley County Council announced Thursday that a Colorado based company, Torch Clean Energy (“Torch”}, plans to install an approximately $100 million solar electricity production facility at the former Dupont Potomac River Works explosives manufacturing facility. The Bedington Energy Facility will be one of West Virginia’s first utility-scale solar projects.
The site of the project is a former industrial facility that was previously designated as a Brownfield site by the United States Environmental Protection Agency due to potential contamination from the Dupont operations. The project proposes turning 750 acres of land with very limited potential use into a 100 megawatt solar array that can power thousands of homes and businesses.
According to Jon Kilberg, President of Torch Clean Energy, “Torch is excited tobe working with Berkeley County to develop the Bedington Energy Facility. The Project will repurpose a former explosives manufacturing site, and-with approximately $100 million invested-will be one of the nation’s largest brownfield renewable energy projects. The Project will be a beacon for leading companies that are seeking to purchase clean energy and open operations in Berkeley County and West Virginia.”

To read more, Torch Clean Energy Press Release 1.07.2021.

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Berkeley County Council Meeting 1.07.21. Pictured, left to right: Jim Whitacre, Berkeley County Council; Doug Copenhaver, Berkeley County Council; Jon Kilberg, Torch Clean Energy; James Barnhart, Berkeley County Council; Elaine Mauck, Berkeley County Council; and Eddie Gochenouer, Berkeley County Council.