A Canadian-owned company's plans for a solar energy facility in Columbiana County are in limbo after withdrawing its application to the Ohio Power Siting Board.

A notice of withdrawal by Kensington Solar was filed Wednesday.

In 2021, Kensington Solar announced plans to build a 135-megawatt solar-powered electric generation facility in Franklin Township, Columbiana County. That facility would have included 300,000 solar panels.

The project was met with resistance by a group of community members who formed the group Franklin Against Kensington Solar. The citizens opposed the project, claiming it would adversely impact the future of more than 2,200 mostly agricultural acres.

Franklin Township Trustees and the Columbiana County Commissioners have intervened in the case, arguing that the project is not in the best interest of the community.

Over the last three years, commissioners have banned large-scale wind and solar farms in unincorporated areas of all 18 townships in Columbiana County.

The Kensington project isn't covered by the township bans because its plans were filed before the bans were enacted.

The company's plans aren't dead in the water though. The notice of withdrawal includes the statement "The Applicant withdraws the application without prejudice, reserving the right to submit a new application for the project in the future.