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$1 Million in Funding Goes to Solar Grids, Wind Turbines

Three Toledo, Ohio groups were recently awarded the Ohio Clean Energy award (and the big bucks that come along with it!).

The Toledo Museum of Art

Award: $282,264

The Toledo Museum of Art received funding for a 100-kw rooftop PV array. Once installed, the museum will have a grand total of 201 kw generation capability. Advanced Distributed Generation and First Solar will also help with the installation.

Toledo museum of art

The Toledo Zoo

Award: $306,837

The money will fund a 103-kw pole-mounted PV system. The system will take 1,422 modules, all made by First Solar. The installation will be placed prominently to showcase the zoo’s commitment to going green. It will actually extend 1,500 feet into the parking lot!

The Toledo Electric Joint Apprentice and Training Committee in Rossford

Award: $420,000

Almost half a million dollars goes toward a single 100-kw wind turbine installed on the premises. The turbine will be used as a maintenance tool for over 1,000 journeymen and apprentices.

Way to go, Ohio, and congratulations to the winners. If you’re interested in these kind of awards, definitely check out statewide contests first. They are the best bet with the least competition (unless you live in California). Hey, not only is it free solar, but it’s free publicity.

Toledo, also home to major solar panel manufacturer, First Solar, already helps the solar panel industry through of the city’s main industries: windshields. Glass is a major component in solar panels (a heavy one at that), and First Solar, by being close to those facilities, reaps a benefit from it, mainly in shipping costs.

Source: ABCLocal.Go.com

Photo Credit: Life Without Buildings & BigCat

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