Cincinnati's Solar Story
The City of Cincinnati recently energized the largest municipally lead solar project in the country. This array is located 40 miles east of Cincinnati, constructed using local labor and will provide energy for both Cincinnati's governmental operations and residents through the community choice aggregation program. This presentation will discuss the development process, the business case and how shifts in the energy market continue to make renewable energy a wise investment.
Michael Forrester is the Director for Cincinnati’s Office of Environment and Sustainability (OES). Major accomplishments that Michael has led in Cincinnati include: 1) Development of the largest municipally lead solar array in the country. This 100 MW array (750 football fields) was energized in March 2) Manage over $34 million dollars in energy efficiency improvements at City facilities 3) Deploy over 20 electric vehicles into the Cincinnati City Fleet with more on the way 4) Deliver over $3 million dollars in annual energy savings to the residents of Cincinnati through the Cincinnati electric and natural gas aggregation program. Before coming to Cincinnati, Michael worked for the Ohio Development Service Agency in the State Energy Office administering programs for the installation of wind, solar, and anaerobic digesters throughout Ohio. Michael has a master’s degree from Indiana University and an undergraduate from Miami University.