Granville Village Council approved Denison University’s request to install solar panels on eight acres of its 350-acre Biological Reserve, denying an appeal filed by property owners near the reserve, The Columbus Dispatch reports. Granville’s Board of Zoning and Building Appeals had unanimously approved the university’s application for the solar array installation, but “nine neighbors who live off of Welsh Hills Drive, whose backyards overlook the Bio Reserve,” appealed that decision. The council voted 4-1 to deny that appeal and “approved the solar array with one modification,” specifying that the eastern edge of the array “can be no closer than 250 feet from the closest property line,” where most of the appellants live. Denison has an agreement with American Electric Power (AEP) “to install about 5,000 solar panels in October,” which the university expects “to provide about 2 megawatts of electricity, or about 15 percent” of Denison’s annual electrical usage. The plan is part of Denison’s “pledge to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and become carbon neutral by 2030 (for more on this, see our February 11, 2015 blog post).” For more, read the full article.