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Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  November 26, 2019

Cincinnati plans nation's largest municipal solar project

The City of Cincinnati has in the works the largest municipal solar project in the country, a 100 MW project expected to reduce the region’s annual carbon emissions by 158,000 tons.

The solar array will provide clean energy to all city facilities and be available to city residents through the Cincinnati Electric Aggregation Program. The city signed a PPA that will enable them to purchase electricity from the system at a fixed rate for the full 20 years of the contract, with zero costs upfront.

“Cities need to take action – and that’s exactly what Cincinnati is doing,” Mayor John Cranley said in a statement. “We are spending money we would already spend on power to buy lower-cost renewable energy that also benefits the community.”

The solar farm is planned to be installed approximately 40 miles east of the downtown area in Highland County, Ohio, and contain more than 310,000 solar panels covering 1,000 acres. According to project developers, 35 MW of the array will be allocated to city facilities and is scheduled to go live in December 2020, and the remaining 65 MW will be available to residents through the Aggregation program, set to go live in December 2021.

The agreement for the solar project was facilitated by the World Resources Institute and Rocky Mountain Institute’s Renewables Accelerator, through support from the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge.

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