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Wind and Solar

Regional Renewable Energy Development

Cuyahoga County executed a contract with Cleveland Public Power (CPP) in December 2017 to purchase 4 megawatts (MW) of solar PV electricity and 1.8 MW of wind power through the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) for 16 County-owned buildings. We are leading by example and creating a local clean energy economy. In addition, we are saving $3 million dollars on our utility bills over 25 years.

The 4MW solar PV system will begin construction in April 2018 on a closed and capped landfill in Brooklyn, OH. You can follow construction through a live stream camera at the project site here. Our department worked to convene the necessary partners for this project that will consist of 35,520 First Solar panels on 17 acres of the 75-acre Brooklyn Landfill.

The 1.8 MW of wind power will be from Project Icebreaker – a 6-turbine, 21-megawatt demonstration wind farm that will produce enough electricity to power approximately 8000 homes per year. In May 2016, LEEDCo won a $40 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for permitting and construction of this $125 million project.

Cuyahoga County Solar Co-op

The CC Solar Co-op consists of county residents, including county employees, who are interested in sustainable renewable energy and willing to share their experience with others and grow the use of solar and other practices.  Members are from at least 30 communities.

Cuyahoga County Solar Co-op Video

Why Join Cuyahoga County Solar Co-op?

The 140-member co-op recently selected Third Sun Solar and Yellowlite to complete all of the installations. Co-op members will then have the option to purchase panels individually based on the installer’s group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing an installer, each participant generally saves up to 20% off the cost of their system in addition to existing Federal tax credits.

Solar is a smart investment that lowers your energy bills and increases the value of your home. Most importantly, you will have the support of the co-op and OH SUN throughout the entire process. 

Upcoming Information Meetings

Educate the community about solar, the co-op process and how to sign-up to become a member.

  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018: 6:30pm-8:30pm 
    Lyndhurst – S. Euclid Public Library, Room B
    1876 South Green Road, South Euclid, OH 44121
  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018: 6:30pm-8:30pm 
    North Royalton City Hall
    14600 State Road, North Royalton, OH 44133
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018: 5:30pm-7:30pm 
    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Hall
    6928 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102

How does the Co-op work?

  1. Learn about the co-op by visiting http://www.ohsun.org/cuyahoga 
  2. Join the co-op!
  3. Grow the co-op by telling your neighbors
  4. Schedule site visit with installer to get customized proposal
  5. Sign a contract with installer
  7. Party! Celebrate! Share!