Solar power in Ohio

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Solar power in Ohio has been increasing, as the cost of photovoltaics has decreased. Ohio adopted a net metering rule which allows any customer generating up to 25 kW to use net metering, with the kilowatt hour surplus rolled over each month, and paid by the utility once a year at the generation rate upon request. For hospitals there is no limit on size, but two meters are required, one for generation, the other for utility supplied power.[1]

The 12 MW solar farm in Upper Sandusky, Ohio is the largest solar farm in the state.[2] The First Solar panels used were made locally, in Perrysburg, Ohio.[3] A 49.9 MW facility is planned near The Wilds, in southeastern Ohio.[4]

Costs have decreased to the point that the average consumer may save approximately $17,527 over a 20-year period by installing solar panels.[5] Euclid's City Hall and library installed solar panels and expects to save $25,000 over the next 15 years. The panels were installed at no cost to the city by Ohio Cooperative Solar, which is leasing the rooftops.[6]

Renewable portfolio standard[edit]

Ohio has a renewable portfolio standard which calls for 0.06% from solar by 2012 and 0.09% by 2013, and 0.5% from solar and 12.5% from renewable sources by 2024. Ohio used 160,176 million kWh in 2005. Approximately 75 MW is required to generate 0.5%. Covering rooftops with solar panels would generate 20% of demand.[7]


Source: NREL[8]
Ohio Grid-Connected PV Capacity (MW)[9][10][11][12][13][14]
Year Capacity Installed % Change
2008 1.4 0.4 40%
2009 2.0 0.6 43%
2010 20.7 18.7 935%
2011 31.6 10.9 53%
2012 79.9 48.3 153%
2013 98.4 18.5 23%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ohio - Net Metering
  2. ^ Ohio Launches Its Largest Solar Farm
  3. ^ Ohio's Largest Solar Farm Goes Online
  4. ^ AEP Ohio to buy 50 MW of solar energy from Turning Point Solar
  5. ^ How Much Does Solar Cost?
  6. ^ Euclid City Hall, library turning to solar energy for savings
  7. ^ Report Argues for a Decentralized System of Renewable Power Generation
  8. ^ "PV Watts". NREL. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Sherwood, Larry (June 2011). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2010" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  10. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2010). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2009" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  11. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2009). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2008" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  12. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2009). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2008" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  13. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2012" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  14. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2014). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2013" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2014-09-26. 

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