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 167 companies in Ohio providing jobs in the solar industry. 56 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 167 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Ohio, employing 2,930.
- Ohio ranked 16th nationally in Q4 installations. See more solar state rankings.
- In 2012, Ohio ranked 16th nationally in solar capacity installed.
- Ohio ranks 16th nationally in cumulative installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 7,000 homes.
- In 2012, $61 million was invested in Ohio to install solar on homes and businesses.
- Average installed residential and commerical photovoltaic system prices in Ohio continue to fall--by 14% from last year. National prices have also dropped steadily--by 14% from last year and 31% since 2010.
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Notable Solar Installations in Ohio
- Wyandot Solar Facility in Salem Township is a 12 MW solar photovoltaic system that came online in May 2010. First Solar supplied the 159,200 panels for this project, most of which were produced at their facility in Perrysburg.
- Napoleon Solar Facility is a 4 MW photovoltaic system that came online in 2012. The facility will generate enough clean energy to power 485 Ohio homes annually.
- The Campbell Soup Project in Napoleon was developed by BNB Renewable Energy Holdings. This 10 MW photovoltaic project came online in the summer of 2012.
- General Motors has installed 2 MW of solar photovoltaic systems on their locations in Parma and Toledo.
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Solar Companies in Ohio
There are currently more than 167 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: 87 manufacturers, 56 manufacturing facilities, 40 contractor/installers, 7 project developers, 12 distributors and 21 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