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Posted On: 6/13/2017

Cuyahoga County Announces Agreement to Utilize Ohio Made Solar Panels




Media contact(s):
Jeane’ Holley, (216) 698-2544; jholley@cuyahogacounty.us


CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga County announced today that it has reached an agreement to utilize Ohio made solar panels and racking systems in the landfill solar project it is helping to develop in Brooklyn, Ohio.

Cuyahoga Urban Renewable Power (“CURP”) is developing the 4 MW solar project located on a former landfill in the City of Brooklyn, Ohio. As the first solar project in Ohio on a capped landfill, CURP is providing a blueprint for revitalization and utilization of landfill sites in Ohio. The CURP project is being developed by Enerlogics Solar (Youngstown, OH), with project financing from the Cuyahoga County’s Clean Energy Financing Hub. The project will be constructed by Conti Solar (Edison, NJ), utilizing over 30,000 solar panels tentatively from FirstSolar (Tempe, AZ and Toledo, OH) on a ballasted racking system from RBI Solar (Cincinnati, OH). Legal counsel for the Developer is McDonald Hopkins (Cleveland, OH). The project will utilize a significant amount of Northeast Ohio labor for the project construction.

“We are very proud that we are using Ohio made solar panels, racking systems, and local labor for this project,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. This is an American-made endeavor that supports our real commitment to Clean Energy.”

Approximately 30,000 solar panels will be deployed on the closed Brooklyn municipal landfill by the end of the year, providing power to Cuyahoga County office buildings. The power will be run through power line extensions built by Cleveland Public Power out to the site and then virtually metered to the County.

"We are pleased to partner with our public utility, Cleveland Public Power, in collaboration with the city of Brooklyn, on this great and unique solar project right in our backyard. Council has taken action to support our domestic clean energy economy," said Cuyahoga County Council President Dan Brady.

The solar project is part of a larger power purchase project in which the County will also be buying 8.6% of the power from the LEEDCo Lake Erie offshore wind turbine project. Over the course of 25 years, the County is expected to save over $3m in electric energy costs for the 17 buildings this contract will be servicing. In addition, the power line extension will allow CPP to offer electricity to the city, businesses and residents of Brooklyn.

"This has been a complex endeavor and I'm thrilled that Cuyahoga County is setting the stage for sustainability and moving us into the future," said Cuyahoga County Council Member Sunny Simon. "Hopefully this will be the first of many such clean energy projects in Cuyahoga County."

“I'm happy we could come together with Brooklyn, Cleveland Public Power, and the developer Enerlogics to get this project accomplished,” said Director of Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability Mike Foley. “Climate change is a huge issue that we are all facing. This project demonstrates Cuyahoga County’s leadership in the global push towards clean energy.”

“Cuyahoga County’s commitment to sustainability showcases the potential of forward thinking individuals, counties and states to lead the charge on mitigating climate change while creating jobs and positive return on investment for their community,” said Conti Business Development Manager Chris Ichter. “Conti’s organization is made up of hundreds of talented employees across the US, including Ohio residents. The county’s dedication to using locally sourced equipment makes this project a win for all parties involved.”