Cincinnati solar project could be largest in U.S.

Cincinnati is in the planning stages of building the largest municipal solar array in the United States.  The 100-megawatt installation will be located 40 miles east of downtown Cincinnati, and will cover about 1,000 acres.  The city entered a 20-year power purchase agreement so power will be supplied at a fixed cost.  The system is slated to power all of the city’s municipal buildings, as well as an additional 25,000 homes, and is due to be completed by 2021.

The array will generate about 75 megawatts per year, or about 18% of city’s total energy needs. It’s enough energy to power the entire city government. Officials estimate the array will save taxpayers $1.8 million over the next two decades.

The project includes about 160 jobs in Highland County, mostly for electrical workers. Dan Shirey of IBEW Local 575 says the median salary will be about $62,000 a year.

It is exciting to see a project of this size going up right in our “back yard!”

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