City Begins Construction of Two Solar Projects

Published on May 04, 2023

Solar panels in the City of Columbus

The City of Columbus, through its Department of Public Utilities’ Division of Power, broke ground today on the Parsons Avenue solar project – one of two new solar projects that will provide 45 MW of additional clean energy to Division of Power customers. Both projects are being developed and constructed by NextEra Energy.

“We’re delivering on our promise to provide local clean energy to power our homes and small businesses,” said City of Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “These facilities will serve as a beacon in our community, signaling our steadfast commitment to a healthy and prosperous future for all our residents.”

The Parsons Avenue solar project will generate 27 MW of clean energy, while the Jackson Pike solar project, which is also beginning construction, will provide an additional 18 MW – both contributing a total of 45 MW. The Jackson Pike project is being developed on a former city landfill site, putting a brownfield area back into productive use for the benefit of the community.

“The Department of Public Utilities and our Division of Power is embracing and forging a clean energy future,” said Director of Public Utilities Kristen Atha. “We are rising to meet the goals within the Columbus Climate Action Plan and understand the critical role our department plays in creating an equitable future for Columbus.”

The Columbus Climate Action Plan commits to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 and includes a strategy to transition to clean energy sources with specific targets to achieve 200 MW of municipal onsite solar by 2030 and 100% municipal clean energy procurement by 2030.

The city’s Division of Power serves nearly 17,000 accounts and currently provides over 50% clean energy through its power purchase contracts for residents and businesses. These two projects will provide enough clean energy to power nearly 7,500 homes, increasing the division’s provision of clean energy to nearly 60%.

“The groundbreaking of the Parsons Solar facility right here in Columbus further demonstrates our commitment to supporting the city's clean energy goals,” said Matt Ulman, vice president of distributed generation for NextEra Energy Resources. “We are proud to contribute to the city's sustainability efforts and share its vision of achieving carbon neutrality. This project adds to our portfolio of more than 70 MW in operation in Ohio and helps us bring more renewable energy to the Columbus community."

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