Posts Authored by Zachary D. Eddy

O’Shaughnessy Dam hydro plant to generate power for Columbus again

An aging Central Ohio hydropower unit is expected to be operational again by mid-2023, after Columbus City Council recently approved $15.3 million in bond money for repairs to the plant at O’Shaughnessy Dam, The Columbus Dispatch reports. The dam’s hydro-generators “began producing power in 1987 under a federal program to reduce reliance on foreign oil” but were shut down in 1987 due to disrepair, according to the article. The generators will be removed, cleaned, inspected and refurbished as needed, while control panels and switches “will be upgraded to state-of-the-art technology.” The 5-megawatt plant could “potentially power thousands of homes.” For more, read the full article.

Renewable Energy, State Updates

AES Corp. and AIMCo deal creates leading renewable platform in U.S.

An agreement between the AES Corporation and Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) “to merge the sPower development platform, a leading independent solar developer in the US, with AES’ US-based clean energy development business” will create one of the top renewables growth platforms in the country, PR Newswire reports. Andres Gluski, AES President and Chief Executive Officer, said the merger “will benefit customers by providing access to a broader portfolio of product offerings as well as an expanded highly skilled and experienced team to drive innovation at scale,” according to the article. For more, read the full article.

Renewable Energy

Hillsboro farm goes solar with 60-panel rooftop installation

The Rhoads family farm east of Hillsboro is harvesting sunlight to power farm operations, including two houses and a barn, through 60 rooftop solar panels installed on the barn, The Highland County Press reports. Rich Rhoads said the family worked with a company that finances the system for 20 years and also help clients increase energy efficiency through attic insulation, attic solar fans, water-heater insulation and LED light bulbs, according to the article. Rhoads “also pointed out that the federal government offers a tax credit for homeowners switching to solar energy, to help offset some of the costs.” Rhoads said the family believes helping the environment and potentially saving money in the long term is a “win-win.” For more, read the full article.

Energy Efficiency, Environmental, Financial Incentives, Renewable Energy, Solar

Mpower Energy expands to Ohio with Columbus facility

Boutique renewable energy provider Mpower Energy recently announced its expansion into Ohio with the opening of an Mpower Direct location in Columbus, Business Insider reports. The company, which offers a flat rate “for supplying energy from renewable energy sources,” is hiring 50 local team members, according to the article. Mpower Direct CEO Lavie Popack said, “Mpower’s expansion into the state broadens the availability of renewable energy services for business and homeowners as the state works towards new renewable energy standards in 2026.” While renewable energy resources “made up only 3%” of in-state generation in 2019, Ohio’s “renewable energy portfolio standards require 8.5% by 2026.” For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, Renewable Energy, State Updates

Columbus green-energy aggregation plan on November ballot

City of Columbus residents will vote on Issue 1, an “opt-out” green-energy electricity aggregation plan “that promises to supply 100% of the city’s power needs with renewable energy by 2023,” The Columbus Dispatch reports. The plan’s details, including cost to residents, will be worked out after the November election, according to the article. AEP Energy “has agreed to spend $1 billion to provide 100% of the city’s power” through new Ohio renewable energy farms, instead of through green energy credits. City Council member Rob Dorans said the program will create hundreds of new jobs and allow the city “to use our collective bulk buying power to get a competitive electricity rate.” For more, read the full article.

Renewable Energy, State Updates

New PACE agreements approve $14M in financing for St. Clair Inn, Hotel Harrington

The St. Clair County Board recently approved new Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) agreements for more than $3.1 million and $11 million for the St. Clair Inn and Hotel Harrington projects, respectively, the Times Herald reports. Plans for the Harrington include ceiling insulation, LED lighting, solar features, and high-efficiency heating and cooling, while the St. Clair Inn property’s plan includes “$2.9 million in heating and cooling system improvements, as well as $2.7 million in electrical and $2.2 million in plumbing,” according to the article. The county adopted its PACE program three years ago, allowing developers to repay private loans over time through an assessment against the property.

 

Energy Efficiency, Project Finance, Renewable Energy, State Updates

Fuel cell company awarded Job Creation Tax Credit for Dayton-area expansion project

New York–based Plug Power Inc., a company that “designs, develops and manufactures fuel cell systems for electric lift trucks and materials handling equipment,” was awarded a seven-year, 1.4% Job Creation Tax Credit by the Ohio Tax Credit Authority for its plans to expand in the Dayton area, the Dayton Business Journal reports. Plug Power’s new location in West Carrollton will be “more than six times larger” than its current 5,000-square-foot plant, which it will also continue to operate, according to the article. The company plans to add 25 new full-time jobs with $1.5 million in annual payroll, while retaining $1.5 million in existing payroll. For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, Financial Incentives, State Updates

Beavercreek officials discuss adding guidelines for commercial solar farms

Property owners in Beavercreek are permitted “to install and use solar panels for their own personal use,” but the city’s zoning code does not currently include guidelines for commercial solar farms, the Dayton Daily News reports. City officials realized the city’s code did not contain regulations for commercial solar projects after a real estate agent inquired whether a solar farm would be permitted on a property, according to the article. Beavercreek City Council is considering new language to be added to the city code outlining commercial solar farm requirements for projects under 50 megawatts (MW). Any solar installations of 50 MW or more fall under the authority of the Ohio Power Siting Board. For more, read the full article.

Renewable Energy, Solar, State Updates

Canton establishes ESID, approves tax exemption for Hall of Fame Village Hotel II project

Canton City Council has approved a tax-exemption deal that will allow the owners of Hall of Fame Village Doubletree Canton “to make service payments rather than pay real estate taxes” on the taxable value of physical improvements to the hotel, CantonRep.com reports. To “lay ground work for the tax-exemption ordinance,” city officials established a Canton Regional Energy Special Improvement District (ESID) as “part of the PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) legislation,” according to the article. Property owners within the ESID are able to finance energy efficiency improvements through assessments against the property. For more, read the full article.

Energy Efficiency, Financial Incentives, Project Finance, State Updates

Campbell City Schools converting all buildings to clean energy

The Campbell City school district will invest $2 million in infrastructure upgrades to “convert all of its buildings to be powered by clean energy,” with work beginning later this summer, The Business Journal reports. The upgrades, including a hybrid solar and combined heat and power systems, “are being made at no cost to the community thanks to incentive programs,” according to the article. Matthew Bowen, superintendent of Campbell City Schools, said in a statement the school district will be free from the energy grid in 20 years and will “capture a full $300,000 annual benefit.” For more, read the full article

Environmental, Financial Incentives, Renewable Energy, State Updates
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