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Report: Solar and Wind Good Business for Ohio Companies

In Ohio, there are 207 businesses in the solar supply chain, 134 in the wind supply chain and 20 that supply both industries. (Pixabay)
In Ohio, there are 207 businesses in the solar supply chain, 134 in the wind supply chain and 20 that supply both industries. (Pixabay)
November 30, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As Ohio lawmakers debate the future of the freeze on the state's clean-energy standards, a new report highlights how strong clean-energy policies can boost the economic growth of wind and solar energy.

According to research released today by the Environmental Law and Policy Center, with more than 300 solar and wind supply-chain businesses, the Buckeye State is primed to become a major renewable-energy hub.

Senior attorney at the center Robert Kelter said the state's established manufacturing base and trained workforce are a big part of the reason.

"Ohio has a really strong workforce of people in the manufacturing sector, and those people are perfect for the kinds of jobs that are needed to supply the wind and solar industries," he explained.

The report also noted the state's central location and transportation system, as well as the many institutions in Ohio that support the growth and development of renewable energy.

Ohio's clean-energy standards are slated to resume in 2017, and lawmakers are discussion options for implementation. Those against the measures cite economic concerns, claiming they would be costly for businesses.

The standards called for the state to acquire twelve-point-five percent of its energy from renewable sources and to reduce energy consumption by 22 percent by 2025. Kelter said with strong policies, Ohio's clean-energy sector can continue to be an economic engine.

"Wind and solar really play an important role in a clean-energy future for Ohio but we still have very strong coal, natural gas and nuclear in this state, and what we're talking about is a good balance," he said.

He added that the wind and solar supply chain also can benefit from federal policies including the Clean Power Plan, renewable-energy tax credits and the grants and loans from the USDA Rural Energy for America Program.

According to the report, in Ohio there are 207 businesses in the solar supply chain; 134 in the wind supply chain; and 20 that supply both industries.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH