Athens-based company named top solar provider in Ohio

Leading solar provider Third Sun Solar, based in Athens, Ohio, was ranked first in Ohio solar providers by Solar Power World’s 2018 Top 500 Solar Contractor’s List, The Athens News reports. Nationwide, Third Sun Solar was ranked 28th “among firms offering engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to commercial clients,” according to the article. Solar Power World developed the annual list “to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the United States.” Rankings for the list were determined “by the number of kilowatts (DC) a company was involved with installing in 2017 in the United States only.” For more, read the full article.

Renewable Energy, State Updates

Bexley offering seminar for residential PACE program

Bricker & Eckler LLP and the City of Bexley will present a seminar for the city’s recently created PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program on September 24, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Bexley City Hall. Caleb Bell of Bricker & Eckler and Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler will explain how solar companies can participate in the program and provide financing to residential property owners. PACE financing allows property owners to finance energy efficiency or renewable energy upgrades to their properties and repay the costs through special assessments on their real property tax bills. To register, click here.

Energy Efficiency, Project Finance, Renewable Energy

Ohio Caverns first in U.S. to produce solar energy on site

When Ohio Caverns opened to the public in 1897, “visitors walked through with lanterns and candles”; now, the tourist attraction is “the first cave in the United States to have solar energy produced on site,” the Urbana Daily Citizen reports. Ohio Caverns installed a solar field that produces “44,000 watts at any given time when the sun is at its peak,” making it “energy neutral,” according to the article. Owner Eric Evans said the cave and facilities were completely retrofitted with LED lighting, which lowered energy consumption to the point “that solar became very viable.” Evans said, “we’ve been stewards of the environment since the cave first opened. . . . That’s where we see the future and longevity of the cavern is protecting and preserving the environment, and this was by far the cleanest form of energy known.” For more, read the full article

Energy Efficiency, Environmental, Renewable Energy

Athens Water Treatment Plant installs solar panels to reduce energy usage

New solar panels are being installed as part of a capital improvement project at the Athens Water Treatment Plant, the city’s second-largest electricity user, The Athens News reports. Third Sun Solar, an Athens-based company, is installing the panels, which “are expected to generate 178.5 kilowatts of energy,” or approximately “50 percent of the plant’s electrical needs,” according to the article. City Director of Engineering and Public Works Bob Heady said the city is “working with the AEP Ohio Business Incentive Program to receive incentives” for reducing energy consumption. Athens received funding through the Ohio EPA’s Water Supply Revolving Loan Account for the project, Heady said. For more, read the full article.

Financial Incentives, Renewable Energy

EDP Renewables secures two PPAs for Timber Road IV project

EDP Renewables North America LLC (EDPR) has secured “two 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with an undisclosed commercial and industrial entity to sell the energy produced from its 125 MW Timber Road IV wind project,” nawindpower.com reports. Timber Road IV is expected to begin operations in 2019. For more, read the full article

Renewable Energy, State Updates

Ohio’s solar capacity increased by 2,600% in 10 years, report says

A new report by Environment Ohio Research & Policy Center shows the state’s renewable energy generation has grown exponentially since 2008, Columbus Free Press reports. Ohio “went from producing 1 Gigawatt [GWh] hour of solar energy and 15 GWh of wind energy in 2008, to now producing 260 GWh of solar energy and 1,563 GWh of wind energy,” according to the article. Nancy Goodes, Campaign Organizer for Environment Ohio, said the past decade “has seen explosive growth in the key technologies to power Ohio with clean, renewable energy. Ohio is poised to accelerate its shift away from fossil fuels.” The report’s authors called on both the state and federal government to strengthen clean power standards and “continue to allow Ohio to grow its renewable energy industry.” For more, read the full article.

Renewable Energy, State Updates

U.S. DOE offers up to $6M in funding for wind R&D

The Wind Energy Technologies Office of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) “aimed at catalyzing technical and operational solutions to reduce environmental compliance costs and environmental impacts” of wind turbines, nawindpower.com reports. The “Advanced Wind R&D to Reduce Costs and Environmental Impacts” FOA will provide up to $6 million in funding, according to the article. The FOA will provide $2 million each to three research areas: reducing costs and environmental impacts of bat curtailment at wind plants, developing “advanced components and other instrumentation for advanced bat-deterrent technologies,” and developing “offshore wind instrumentation for environmental monitoring and mitigation.” For more, read the full article.

Environmental, Federal Updates, Project Finance, Renewable Energy

Ohio manufacturing could be revolution starting-point in advance energy technologies

Two analytical policy groups focused on “the impact of changing energy technologies on national defense” say Ohio’s manufacturing heritage “could be the starting point of a revolution in advanced-energy technologies,” Cleveland.com reports. CNA, a non-profit research and analysis organization “with roots in national defense analytical work,” and the Atlantic Council, “a think tank created in the early 1960s” in support of NATO, said the United States must embrace advanced-energy technologies or “the nation’s competitive manufacturing abilities and its military superiority will erode,” according to the article. David Livingston, the Atlantic Council’s deputy director for climate and advanced energy, said places like Cleveland that have a rich manufacturing heritage “have a role to play in the United States either being a leader or a laggard.” For more, read the full article.

Renewable Energy, State Updates

Ohio’s first landfill-based solar farm nearly complete

Cuyahoga County’s 4-megawatt solar array on 17 acres of the City of Brooklyn’s former landfill is expected to begin generating power in test mode by the end of July, Cleveland.com reports. The array is the first one in Ohio to be built on a former landfill, but county officials are “interested in evaluating” some of the “more than 70 old landfills” for future solar arrays, according to the article. Columbus-based IGS Solar developed the array, and Cleveland Public Power is buying all of the output on behalf of Cuyahoga County. The county expects the solar farm “to shave about $3 million from its power bills over the next 25 years . . . because its pricing will remain unchanged.” Mike Foley, the county’s sustainability director, said the array is “one step toward controlling the county’s future energy costs while at the same time supporting renewable energy.” For more, read the full article

Environmental, Renewable Energy, State Updates

Embracing clean energy could bring $25B in investment in Ohio

New energy technologies “could lead to $25 billion in new investment in Ohio and support another 20,000 jobs,” a recent study shows, according to an article in Columbus Business First. Massachusetts-based Synapse Energy Economics and Case Western Reserve University’s Great Lakes Energy Institute, who conducted the study, “called for favorable policies in local economic development as well as a longer-term roadmap from the Statehouse to better capture potential investment and jobs.” There are “four principal changes in the energy business” that could benefit Ohio. Corporate investment by companies who want to power facilities with renewable energy could bring $6.2 billion; transportation could add another $6 billion from electric vehicles as they change the automotive market. The analysts said Ohio “has the means to quadruple green energy investment for another $7.6 billion,” and energy efficiency could add $6.6 billion. For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, State Updates
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