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Ohio Launches Its Largest Solar Farm

Ohio Launches Its Largest Solar Farm

A twelve megawatt solar farm on over 80 acres in Wyandot County was recently launched. It is generating enough electricity to power 9,000 homes. Governor Ted Strickland said, “Today we are flipping the switch on Ohio’s largest solar farm. But we’re really flipping the switch on the future.”
He also noted the project was good for the state’s economy because the panels were manufactured locally. Also the construction was undertaken by mostly Ohio workers. 159,000 solar panels were installed in an area which had been producing soybeans and corn just one year ago.

The solar farm is owned by PSEG Solar Source. They have been in business for decades, and today employ about 10,000 people. Diana Drysdale, from PSEG said, “We’ve very much enjoyed and liked our experience in Ohio, and we support the approach that Ohio is taking to renewables of all sorts and all along the value chain.  So we’re looking seriously at future projects in Ohio as well.” Juwi Solar was the engineering contractor and developed the solar plant. They have several hundred employees focused solely on solar.

While states like Arizona and Texas may seem like the first choice for solar, the new farm uses thin film technology which generates electricity even at lower sunlight levels seen during Ohio winters.

The state’s new law, SB 221, requires a minimum of 12.5 percent of total power production to be from renewable sources by 2025, says a news article. However, the state legislature’s website purports a much larger percentage: “By 2025 and thereafter, an electric distribution utility shall provide from alternative energy resources… That portion shall equal twenty-five per cent of the total number of kilowatt hours of electricity sold by the subject utility or company.”

Environment Ohio commented on the law and suggested the 12.5 minimum be increased. They also noted that renewable energy costs are declining, so much they could be less than energy from nuclear and coal: “Cost estimates from a 2003 study by MIT found that electricity from a new nuclear power plant could cost 6.7 cents per kWh while the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the per kWh cost of a new wind farm would be around five cents per kWh.”

Image Credit: Juwi Solar

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4:01PM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

Considering Ohio is overcast nearly 50% of the time, the fact that solar energy can work in Ohio is great news!

6:33PM PDT on Sep 21, 2010

I'm looking forward to the day when any person can buy solar panels from Ikea or Home Depot and truly make a widespread difference.

5:47PM PDT on Sep 16, 2010

This is so very fabulous and hope it will motivate everyone else to do the same
in every area all over the world. How independent we will all be then...

8:59AM PDT on Sep 3, 2010

It still takes up a lot of space. And requires batteries, which are not environmentally friendly. But maybe its not worse than coal...

2:34AM PDT on Sep 3, 2010

good news

5:40PM PDT on Sep 1, 2010

Terrific to hear! It can be done and is the only sustainable way to go. Kudos, Ohio!

Now to get the government involved, we could send soooo many construction workers back to work building environmentally friendly power sourses- its a win win situation

7:36AM PDT on Aug 31, 2010

YAY OHIO! Great story, thanks for posting it!

9:41PM PDT on Aug 29, 2010

Thank you, this sounds like good news. It sounds like the potential for wind power is very good too.

6:20PM PDT on Aug 29, 2010

I agree with a few of the comments. Solar power should be installed on all buildings and factories. It makes sense that everyone has their own power source.
When will corporations think outside their tiny square they operate in?

6:16PM PDT on Aug 29, 2010

I'm glad to see more solar power going on. It's encouraging for our world

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