The Green Cincinnati plan took a major step at the College Hill Recreation Center on Tuesday.
Mayor Mark Mallory announced the Center's energy will now come from solar panels. The panels will generate 154 kilowatts of energy.
"We continue to green Cincinnati," said Mayor Mallory. "This project is another statement of our commitment to a Green Cincinnati and clean energy future. The new solar panel system will save the City money on energy costs, reduce pollution and create jobs by constructing new infrastructure."
The Sun Team is paying for the $500,000 solar system, and the City agreed to purchase energy generating from the system. The rates will start out equivalent to current energy prices and remain fixed for 20 years.
This is the first phase of a Solar Power Purchase Agreement (SPPA) with the City and Sun Team, which is a partnership between Solar Power and Light, LLC, Dovetail Solar and Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance.
"SP&L is dedicated to bringing clean energy jobs, new technologies and innovations to Ohio while helping to protect the environment and achieve energy independence. We are thrilled with the opportunity to bring this project to the City of Cincinnati. This renewable energy project will create energy saving for the city's taxpayers and support collar jobs in Ohio," said Neil Chaudhry, CEO of Solar Power and Light.
The SPPA would like to have additional projects over the next three years to bring the system size to more than 2 megawatts with a total investment of $8 million with no cost to the City.
"Dovetail Solar and Wind is delighted to see the City of Cincinnati take a leadership position in solar energy. This two year project will benefit the citizens of Cincinnati as they are able to lock in energy saving over the next 20 years. It is wonderful to be able to continue to bring green jobs to the area while lowering the City's carbon footprint," said Al Frasz, President of Dovetail Solar and Wind.
The solar system at the College Hill Recreation Center will join the successes of the solar panels on the Duke Energy Convention Center, Findlay Market, Metropolitan Sewer District building and Water Works.