Renewable Energy

Mayor Cranley announces Water Works to go solar

Credit: City of Cincinnati

CINCINNATI — “Surrounded by community leaders and environmental activists, Mayor John Cranley on Wednesday announced major initiatives to further Cincinnati’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Among the initiatives Cranley announced include a plan to transition Greater Cincinnati Water Works from coal-powered energy to solar. The first phase of the solar project will consist of a 25-megawatt solar array installed on over 100 acres of City land. The array will generate enough power to run 2,700 Cincinnati households and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25,000 tons annually—the equivalent of removing 5,000 cars from the road. Potential identified land includes the Richard Miller Treatment plant on Kellogg Road, Lunken Airport and the Center Hill Landfill in Spring Grove.

The proposed solar installation is expected to be the largest municipal solar installation in the nation and will increase the total amount of solar in Hamilton County to an estimated 275 percent.”

— City of Cincinnati, Office of the Mayor

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