Ohio, which has a burgeoning non-residential solar market, has seen increased competition in the face of the state’s rising renewable portfolio standard goals and a 50% in-state procurement requirement. There are 186 companies in Ohio providing jobs in the solar industry. 55 of these companies have manufacturing facilities in the state. These companies manufacture goods across the supply chain- from the polysilicon that many photovoltaic panels are comprised of to the racking systems used to install solar panels.
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Facts on the Ohio Solar Industry
- There are currently more than 186 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Ohio, employing 3,800.
- In 2013, Ohio installed 21 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 20th nationally.
- The 88 MW of solar energy currently installed in Ohio ranks the state 16th in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 9,100 homes.
- In 2013, $61 million was invested in Ohio to install solar on homes and businesses. This represents a 14% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year.
- Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in Ohio have fallen by 15% in the last year. National prices have also dropped steadily— by 12% from last year and 31% from 2010.
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Notable Solar Installations in Ohio
- Wyandot Solar Facility in Uppee Sandusky was completed in 2010 by developer Juwi Solar Inc. This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 10 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 1,000 Ohio homes.
- At 10 MW, Napoleon Solar Project is among the largest solar installations in Ohio. Completed in 2012 by BNB Renewable Energy Holdings, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 1,000 homes.
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Solar Companies in Ohio
- There are currently more than 186 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Ohio. These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels. These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 83 manufacturers, 55 manufacturing facilities, 55 contractor/installers, 14 project developers, 10 distributors and 24 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.
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Ohio State Solar Policy Resources
University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio - Learn about the advanced energy research, education and commercialization activities taking place at universities in Ohio
Ohio Energy Project - Read about this energy education resource for students, educators and business partners in Ohio
Public Utilities Commission - Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Ohio public utilities
State Legislature - Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Ohio
State Energy Office - Find a wide variety of information on state government energy programs, research, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics
DSIRE incentives database - Ohio - Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Ohio and across the United States
U.S. Energy Information Administration - Ohio State Profile - Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government