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Ohio’s Largest Solar Project Underway In Brooklyn

Mike Foley at today's groundbreaking [Elizabeth Miller/ideastream]

Ohio’s largest solar power project is underway on a landfill in Brooklyn. By July, the project is expected to begin generating 5 percent of the electricity supply for 16 Cuyahoga county buildings. 

35,520 solar panels will be constructed on the site to provide 4 megawatts of power.

Mike Foley, director of the county’s sustainability office, spoke about the project’s local appeal at Wednesday’s “anti-groundbreaking.”

“This is an Ohio project – the panels are from Toledo, First Solar. The racking system is from RBI Racking who is here,” said Foley. “The concrete is coming from Canton, it will be local labor. IGS Solar is a Columbus company.”

The solar panels are expected to operate at full power for 25 years. The total cost for the project is $10 million, with the county paying almost $8 million. IGS Solar will foot the rest of the bill.

Foley says the project’s construction will also create 75-100 jobs. It could also be a model for similar properties state-wide.

“We think this is a perfect example of how closed landfills in the state, and properties that have been brownfield properties can be beneficially used and put back into service,” said Ohio EPA’s Kurt Princic.

The project is part of a county-wide investment in renewable energy that also includes an offshore wind project currently stalled in the state permitting process.