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Solarizing Cincinnati

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In December 2012, 600 solar panels were installed at the College Hill Recreation Center.

City leaders and environmental groups are leading an effort to "Solarize Cincy" by offering rebates for residents of Cincinnati.

Details of "Solarize Cincy" are scheduled to be announced Tuesday at the Cincinnati Zoo.

A news release says "'Solarize Cincy' is a community-based solar program designed to inform residents about the benefits of solar energy and to offer support to those interested in solar installation."

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance (GCEA) and others will offer:

  • Free solar assessments.
  • Access to highly trained, reputable installers.
  • Bulk pricing discounts.
  • Incentives and information about federal tax credits.

The Sky's The Limit

  • Environment Ohio wants Cincinnati to get 10 percent of its energy from solar by 2030.
  • Cincinnati has a goal of doubling its energy from solar (on government  buildings) every year from now until 2020.
  • Green Umbrella would like 1 in 5 rooftops in Cincinnati to have solar by 2028 (including residences, businesses and government buildings).

Solar is on the rise in Ohio and nationally. A report by the Solar Foundation ranked Ohio eighth for solar jobs in 2013.