Solar Builder

NOV-DEC 2018

Solar Builder focuses on the installation/construction of solar PV systems. We cover the latest PV technology (modules, mounting, inverters, storage, BOS) and equip installers/contractors with tips and tools to make informed purchasing decisions.

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SOLARBUILDERMAG.COM | 23 T he 2018 Gold Project of the Year is a monument to solar energy as a true local product. The developers are located in state. Over 80 percent of the con- struction and installation labor was in state. Even the foundations, racking and modules were manufactured in state. But I suppose that's not too surprising for a mature solar-focused state like *checks notes* Ohio. Wait, what the ... How did this happen? Yes, you read that correctly: Solar Builder's 2018 Gold Project of the Year is located in Brooklyn, Ohio, a state not known for prioritizing solar development. The cost of energy is still low in Ohio, and the powers that be aren't too motivated to pursue a different energy mix either. The SREC market in the state, for example, is currently trad- ing at $5. The mindset is starting to change, at least in Northeast Ohio. Just last month the City of Cleveland declared a com- mitment to powering itself with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Cuyahoga County took its first step toward this new energy future in 2015 by creating a department of sustainability. Finally having this department meant an ambitious developer now had a place to bring solar project proposals. Cut to Youngstown, Ohio-based developer Enerlogics Solar, which was turning its attention away from offshore wind and toward solar, specifically turning brownfield sites into renewable energy. Enerlogics started discussions with various entities including the Cuyahoga Land Bank to develop urban solar projects, which led them to where our story starts: Attorneys Michael Wise and Chad Arfons at McDonald Hopkins, working with Enerlogics, meeting with director of sustainability Mike Foley. Remake Lake By Chris Crowell by the Cuyahoga County Landfill Brooklyn, Ohio | 4 MW

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