Solar power installations growing in Cuyahoga County

(Cuyahoga County) - New solar energy installations around being rolled out in Greater Cleveland. Cuyahoga is installing solar panels on three county owned buildings, to not only protect the environment, but to also save taxpayer dollars.

Getting the new solar panels are the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter in Valley View, the Medical Examiner's Office in Cleveland, and the Harvard Road Garage in Newburgh Heights. Meanwhile, with the county's help, Lakewood is adding solar panels to four city owned buildings, including City Hall.

Lakewood expects to save $855,000 dollars in electricity costs over a 30 year period. Cuyahoga county expects a cost savings of $900,000 grand over 25 years.

“As part of the County’s Climate Change Action Plan, we have committed to adding more renewable energy into both our properties and the local grid as a whole,” said County Executive Armond Budish. “We want to provide energy savings at all levels of the County, and with inaction at the federal level, local governments have a greater responsibility to step up and act.”

Two-hundred and twenty-two solar panels have been installed at the Animal Shelter.

The Medical Examiner’s Office is currently having 488 solar panels installed. Roof repairs on the Harvard Road Garage are currently being conducted, then 1,948 panels will be installed.

All installations should be completed by Spring 2020. The solar panels are expected to yield a total of 1,147,000 kwh of energy.

The panels would account for 13 percent of the total load for the Animal Shelter, three percent for the Medical Examiner’s Office and 25-30 percent for the Harvard Road Garage.

Cleveland Heights anticipates introducing solar legislation within the next two or three months.

“The work we are doing at the County level is achievable and can be done at the local level as well,” said Director of Sustainability, Mike Foley. “We’re encouraging businesses and communities to learn about the benefits of solar and potentially join our power purchasing agreement for further energy savings, just like Lakewood did.”

“AEP OnSite Partners collaborates with communities and businesses to put in place advanced, clean energy resources in a way that is both affordable and hassle free.This project will enable Cuyahoga County to add sustainable, low-cost energy to help meet their power needs without requiring them to own or maintain a solar system,”said AEP OnSite Partners Chief Operating Officer, Joel Jansen. “Providing advanced energy solutions, like solar installations, is the type of innovative, customer-focused approach that AEP OnSite Partners can provide to help communities be more sustainable.”

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM & Cuyahoga County))

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