Clyde, Ohio is the home of the Whirlpool Corporation. For over 60 years the company’s Clyde division has been in operation on the same site. This is a town where things are made to last. So it should come as no surprise that the city has entered into a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with AEP Energy, a subsidiary of American Electric Power, for a 3.6 MW solar array.
When complete, the plant is expected to have the capacity to power 550 homes, covering almost a sixth of the city’s residents. This will help the city reach its zero emissions goal.
“This project will provide the residents of Clyde with local access to clean, affordable renewable energy,” said Greg Hall, president, AEP Energy. “Additionally, this project will benefit the City of Clyde by providing an innovative, green way for the city to reduce its capacity, transmission and ancillary service obligations as an electric municipality.”
“The City of Clyde has been pursuing this zero emission project since 2011,” said Paul Fiser, Clyde city manager. “The city has continually worked to give its customers competitively priced electricity through a very diverse power supply portfolio.”
“This is another major step toward that goal,” added John Courtney, president, Courtney & Associates, Clyde’s Power Supply and Rates consultant.
The plant is expected to be operational by the end of next year.
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