Appalachian Power holds public input session for powering Mega Site

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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - Before the public input session began at Brosville Elementary Wednesday night, there were dozens of land owners and residents that live in the area, eager to hear what Appalachian Power plans to do with their latest project.

A project that's still a ways off but would be a large one.

"This is providing about a five mile, 138 kilo volt line into the mega site and to also provide a substation for that mega site," said John Shepelwich with Appalachian Power.

The Mega Site, located partly in Pittyslvania County and party in Eden, NC, is a shovel ready, tier 4 certified site that's almost complete. All its lacking is a company or two to call it home, and power.

"It takes the mega site and continues to check off boxes to make it the premier site in the southeast," said Matt Rowe, director of Economic Development for Pittsylvania County.

Appalachian Power, the company commissioned to serve the site, is ready to do begin the process. But before they do, they want some input.

"I think it would be a good neighbor for our church," said Leon Griffith, one of the attendees.

Like many folks at the presentation, Griffith left in good spirits about the plans.

"Thankfully a lot of this area is very rural,and I think the main thing is that the community has been very supportive of the mega site," said Rowe.

The project will take about a year to complete but that won't even begin until a company has signed an agreement saying they definitely plan to make the mega site their new home.