CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — FirstEnergy Corp. has applied to build five solar energy projects throughout its West Virginia service territory.

The Akron, Ohio-based utility company estimates that the projects if approved by West Virginia regulators, would generate 50 megawatts of power, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

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The plans comply with a 2020 bill passed by the state legislature that permits electric utilities to own and operate up to 200 megawatts of renewable generation facilities. They would not displace the company’s current coal-fired generation capacity, the newspaper reported.

The application was submitted through FirstEnergy’s two subsidiaries, Mon Power and Potomac Edison.

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Construction could begin as early as 2022, with all projects expected to be completed by 2025.

The sites include a 26-acre reclaimed ash disposal site in Berkeley County, a 51-acre site adjacent to a Mon Power substation in Hancock County, a 95-acre site in Monongalia County and a 44-acre reclaimed strip mine property in Tucker County. A fifth location is under review.

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