Posts Authored by Zachary D. Eddy

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, 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, 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

NOPEC grants fund Painesville Township energy efficiency improvements

Energy improvements including new air conditioners, furnaces, ceiling insulation and LED lighting in Painesville Township administrative and departmental buildings might not have been possible without Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) grants, Township Administrator Michael Manary said in a recent News-Herald article. The township has received NOPEC grants, which “can be used strictly for energy improvements,” in 2018, 2019, and 2020, according to the article. Manary noted that two of Painesville’s three fire station were built in the 1960s and “have not had any significant investments in energy improvements” before the grant-funded projects; as a result of the improvements, utility bills have been decreasing over the past few years. For more, read the full article.

Energy Efficiency, Project Finance, State Updates

Dairy farm begins production of renewable natural gas

Clover Hill Dairy in Wisconsin recently began producing renewable natural gas from the biogas “produced from the farm’s existing digester,” Northwest Signal reports. Nacelle Solutions partnered with U.S. Gain, a renewable natural gas developer and distributor, on the project. Nacelle’s technologies “have been designed to upgrade the biogas to renewable natural gas” which is then transported to an offsite injection point “where U.S. Gain will dispense it into the transportation market,” according to the article. Joe Bonlender of Clover Hill Dairy said the farm now has “an additional income stream as well as environmental benefits such as less noise pollution, cleaner air and less odor.”

Environmental, Renewable Energy

With $30M investment, Cuyahoga County could double solar power generation in five years

A $13-million “green bank” could allow Cuyahoga County to “double the amount of solar power generated” in five years, according to a study partly financed by the county government, reports. That $13-million investment fund would allow developers to “borrow up to $17 million from conventional lenders and enable them to install solar panels on small businesses” and then sell the generated electricity to the businesses at fixed rates, according to the article. The study reports “smaller-scale solar developers struggle to finance such projects in the county because of tight profit margins and solar energy being more expensive than energy generated by coal and natural gas.” For more, read the full article

Project Finance, Renewable Energy, State Updates

University of Toledo joins group promoting emerging solar technology

The University of Toledo (UT) recently announced “it has become a founding member of a national group which strives to promote development of the emerging perovskite solar cell technology,” The Toledo Blade reports. The organization, the U.S. Manufacturing of Advanced Perovskites Consortium (US-MAP), “is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory” in Colorado, the article reports. Perovskites “are compound materials with a special crystal structure formed through chemistry”; U.S. Rep Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo), said technology using perovskites “will move our country and region forward in solar energy development.” For more, read the full article.

Renewable Energy, State Updates

Honda, GM joint venture could “add spark” to Lordstown battery plant

General Motors and Honda have pledged to jointly develop two all-new electric vehicles with a propulsion system “based on GM’s new proprietary battery platform, the cells for which will be manufactured at the planned $2.3 billion plant in Lordstown [see our March 31, 2020 blog post],” The Vindicator reports. Honda “will design the interiors and exteriors of the new electric vehicles” while production “will be at GM plants in North America,” according to the article. GM and Honda “have an ongoing relationship around electrification” that includes “work on fuel cells and the Cruise Origin, an electric, self-driving and shared vehicle, that will contain a battery pack with Lordstown-made cells.” For more, read the full article

Environmental, State Updates

Farmers find income boost in wind power crop

As farmers and ranchers contend with trade wars, bad weather seasons and the unstable prices of crops and livestock, some of them “have found a new crop to sell — wind,” Aberdeen News reports, as quoted in a recent article. Wind turbine leases “give landowners a yearly boost to income that, although not a full salary, helps them make up for uncertainties” created by elements beyond their control, according to the article. Aberdeen News “writes that for Tom Cunningham, who’s been farming on Kansas land for close to 40 years, the income from wind turbines has made a tremendous difference.” For more, read the full article

Renewable Energy
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