Greater Cincinnati Waterworks to drop coal for solar power

Updated: Jun. 28, 2017 at 7:09 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Greater Cincinnati Waterworks will transition from coal-powered energy to solar, Mayor John Cranley announced Wednesday.

According to representatives from the mayor's office, the solar array is estimated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25,000 tons annually- equivalent to removing 5,000 cars from the road. The installation is expected to be the largest municipal solar installation in the nation.

Cranley also joined 'Mayors for 100 percent Clean Energy' committing Cincinnati city government to move to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2035.

Past plans have helped establish Cincinnati as a national leader in sustainability, reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 18 percent, city officials say. They view the project as a huge step on the path toward 100 percent renewable energy for Cincinnati in the near future.

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