Solar photovoltaic power plant farm installation on Long Island, New York. Ohio now ranks 28th in the country in installed solar capacity, but ranks 14th in projected new capacity coming online in the next five years. Credit: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Right now, Ohio has barely 100 megawatts of utility-scale solar power. By this time next year, it is likely to have more than 400 megawatts. And if every project that has filed papers with state regulators gets built, the total would exceed 5,000 megawatts by the mid-2020s. So what’s going on here? Ohio’s solar market is booming because of flat and inexpensive land and high demand for solar from companies that are trying to meet clean energy commitments. And it is happening despite years of hostility toward renewable energy on the part of state lawmakers and the governor. Sign up for our newsletters to get more stories like this from ICN delievered straight to your inbox. Demand is “just overwhelming,” said Dan Sawmiller, who closely follows Ohio solar projects in his role on the local staff of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “You’re seeing buyers go into contract with these projects before they’re even permitted, because […]


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