Soltage starts 28-MW solar project on land owned by Cincinnati Zoo

Sep 27, 2022 09:30 AM ET
  • Independent power producer Soltage introduced the close of a 28 MW solar project that has started building in Ohio on land owned by the Cincinnati Zoo.

Soltage got the project from Melink Solar Development, a leader in pre-construction development solutions for massive solar PV projects. The Cincinnati Zoo became part of two Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Calpine Energy Solutions for all of the power produced from both phases of the project, which will certainly be made use of to offer their customer's electricity needs.

This is Soltage's very first project to make use of sheep grazing for plants management. Sheep grazing is mutually valuable for the project, and local communities, as it preserves plants below the solar projects while helping recover soil carbon as well as general soil health. Soltage is partnering with Ohio Solar Grazing, a local sheep farmer that takes care of a pasture-based animals procedure, to keep the land situated about 20 miles outside Cincinnati.

" This one-of-a-kind agrivoltaic project, constructed versus the background of the historical Cincinnati Zoo, marks the very first site in our portfolio to execute sheep grazing to keep the land, providing us a possibility to partner with the neighborhood community in new ways," claimed Jesse Grossman, Chief Executive Officer of Soltage. "We're proud to increase clean energy in Ohio and sustain American businesses in their transition to decarbonize procedures."

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