Solar - May 13, 2021
Cleveland Advances With Solar Installation Initiative
The City of Cleveland, Ohio, is moving forward with a plan to install solar panels at 15 sites around the city to provide power to city-owned buildings and save more than $1.1 million in electricity costs over 25 years.
The Cleveland City Council passed a piece of legislation that allows the project to move forward at an estimated cost of nearly $14 million, Cleveland.com reported. The solar panels will be installed on rooftops and as ground-mounted sites at city recreation centers, two water treatment plants, three pump stations, Public Auditorium, a new fire station, and the city’s kennel.
A supplier to build and maintain the systems has not been chosen yet, but the city can now proceed with searching for one.
The city is currently pursuing a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% and that city-owned Cleveland Public Power will source 100% renewable electricity before 2050. These initiatives fall under Cleveland’s overall “green city” plan, which in the past has included CPP purchasing RECs from clean energy sources like hydroelectric plants.