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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.

Construction of the 4MW solar farm on a closed and capped landfill in Brooklyn, OH began in April 2018. You can follow construction through a live stream camera at the project site here. You can also view construction progress thus far and an overview of the project in the videos below.

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.

The project was awarded Solar Builder Magazine's 2018 Gold Project of the Year.

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 co-op allows residents across the County to purchase individual solar installations based on an 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. 

How does the Co-op work?

  1. Learn about the co-op by visiting www.SolarUnitedNeighbors.org/Ohio 
  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!