DP&L opens SW Ohio’s largest solar power facility

The array consists of 9,120 solar panels constructed over seven acres. It is said to generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 150 homes a year. It cost around USD$5 million to build.

"Exploring solar technology is just one way DP&L is diversifying our sources for electricity generation to support our compliance with Ohio’s renewable energy requirements," said Paul Barbas, president and CEO of DP&L.

The state’s energy legislation calls for 25 percent of all energy consumed by Ohioans to be from alternative energy by 2025. Of that .5 percent must be solar energy.

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland added: "Two years ago, we fought to establish one of the nation’s most aggressive renewable energy standards to drive innovation and grow Ohio’s advanced energy economy. We are making real progress toward our goal of making Ohio a leader in the invention, production and deployment of green energy technologies."

Starting next month, a visitor center will also be opened in order to provide information to the public about solar power and up-to-the-minute performance of the array.