Renewable Energy in Ohio: Going Viral? 

This map may be a surprise to you. That’s because the renewable energy industry has come quietly to a rooftop or farmland near you, silently revolutionizing our struggle for energy independence and climate solutions. 

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Regardless of the social and environmental benefits of climate mitigation, energy independence, and overall improved public health – clean, renewable energy seems to have crossed into the territory of economic viability and cost stability for Ohio customers; specifically, since the passage of SB 221 in 2008.

For residents and homeowners, the question becomes: has home solar gone viral? Is today the time to go solar? Let’s look at the numbers.

 

Ohio Solar KWs Added Per Year, 2002-2012

*Includes only solar installations registered with PUCO. Not all installations are registered.

Ohio Solar Installations Per Year, 2002-2012

The graph above shows that the total number of installations went down in 2012, however the graph below shows that the average number of kilowatts per installation tells a different story:

Average KW Output Capacity of Ohio Solar Installations, 2002-2012

This explains how installed kilowatts has increased, though the number of installs has decreased.

Bottom line? Solar seems to be coming into it’s heyday in Ohio.

Have solar or wind? Share your story! E-mail brian.kunkemoeller@sierraclub.org