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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 255 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.

Ohio solar policy - a top priority for SEIA
The Ohio Statehouse, located in Columbus, houses the Ohio General Assembly and
the ceremonial offices of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, and Auditor.

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Facts on the Ohio Solar Industry

  • There are currently more than 255 solar companies1 at work throughout the value chain in Ohio, employing 4,811 people2.
  • In 2015, Ohio installed 10 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 29th nationally3.  
  • In 2015, $25 million was invested on solar installations in Ohio.   
  • The 118 MW of solar energy currently installed in Ohio ranks the state 23rd in the country in installed solar capacity.  There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 14,000 homes.
  • Over the next five years, Ohio is expected to install 510 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking the state 22nd over that time span. This amount is more than 6 times the amount of solar installed over the last five years.
  • Installed solar PV system prices in the U.S. have dropped steadily- by 12% from last year and 66% 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 homes4.
  • At 10 MW, BNB Napoleon Solar is among the largest solar installations in Ohio.  Completed in 2014 by BNB Renewable Energy Holdings, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 1,200 homes5
  • Several large retailers in Ohio have gone solar, including General Motors, IKEA, Assurant, Walmart, and Staples. Campbell's Soup has installed one of the largest corporate photovoltaic systems in the state with 10,000 kW of solar capacity at their location in Napoleon6.

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Solar Companies in Ohio

There are currently more than 255 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: 106 manufacturers, 61 manufacturing facilities, 71 contractor/installers, 15 project developers, 12 distributors and 51 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.

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How much do solar panels cost in Ohio? 

Solar panel costs have fallen significantly in the last 5 years and now installing solar panels can be one of the best investments you can make for your home. There are also now a lot of products on the market utilizing sophisticated financing vehicles to make solar panels for your home affordable. This website will show you the average retail price of installing home solar panels in Ohio.

Solar rebates and solar tax credits in Ohio.

Solar incentives are offered at the utility, county, state and federal level. These solar incentives can take various forms including solar tax credits, up front solar rebates, premium feed in tariffs (known as net metering) or solar production incentives.The eligibility and rules for each incentive program can vary greatly. This solar panel calculator allows you to enter your address and it will tell you what solar incentives will apply at your house and the value of these if you go solar.

Finding the right solar company for you:

There are many solar companies in Ohio offering a wide variety of brands and options. This consumer reviews website will show you the consumer ratings of each solar installer that services your area and will also show you what brands of solar panels.

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


2The Solar Foundation, 2015 National and State Solar Jobs Census,
3This and all other data in this section from SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight