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Solar Incentives and Rebates in Ohio

Peak Sun Hours (PSH): 3.9-4.1
Cost of Grid Power: $0.13/kWh
Number Of Installations: 108,732

What’s the Cost of Solar in Ohio?

Cost of Grid Power

Ohio electricity prices average $0.13/kWh, just below below the national average of $0.14/kWh. In 2019 solar photovoltaic accounted for roughly 10% of the state's renewable power generation, half of which came from small-scale solar power systems.

Cost of a Solar Install

PV Installs annually in Ohio from 2002-2018

A graph of PV Installs annually in Ohio from 2002-2018.
Data from Berkeley Lab, courtesy of the Ohio Public Utilities Commission.

The average cost of a 5kW (equivalent to saving almost 100 trees a year) solar power system starts around $10,000 in Ohio. That system would pay for itself through energy savings within 5-7 years. System life can span well over 25 years, and savings will improve with inflation.



What Incentives are Available in Ohio?

Data from DSIRE. For more info visit: https://www.dsireusa.org/

Name Implementing Sector Program Type Administrator DSIRE ID
Solar Easements State Solar/Wind Access Policy 22
Energy Conversion Facilities Property Tax Exemption State Property Tax Incentive Ohio Department of Development 79
Bowling Green Municipal Utilities - Net Metering Utility Net Metering 325
Cincinnati - Municipal Green Building Requirement Local Energy Standards for Public Buildings 2827
Energy Conversion Facilities Corporate Tax Exemption State Corporate Tax Exemption Ohio Department of Taxation 3473
Local Option - Special Energy Improvement Districts State PACE Financing 3554
Qualified Energy Property Tax Exemption for Projects over 250 kW (Payment in Lieu) State Property Tax Incentive Ohio Development Services Agency and local county commissioners 4311
Local Option - Municipal Alternative Energy Revolving Loan Program State Loan Program 4384
Northwestern Electric Cooperative - Energy Audit Utility Energy Analysis Northwestern Electric Cooperative 15601
Cuyahoga County Department of Development - Brownfield Redevelopment Fund Other Other Cuyahoga County Department of Development 17338
Oberlin Municipal Light & Power System - QuestLine Utility Other Oberlin Municipal Light & Power System 18002
Oberlin Municipal Light & Power System - Load Profile Analysis Utility Energy Analysis Oberlin Municipal Light & Power System 18005
South Central Power Company - Energy Saving Resources Utility Energy Analysis South Central Power Company 18380
Woodville Electric Light System - Efficiency Smart Custom Program Other Other Vermont Energy Investment Corporation 18714
Ohio Edison Company - Business Energy Analyzer Other Energy Analysis Ohio Edison Company 18798
Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Coop - Commercial & Industrial Members Services Other Energy Analysis Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Coop 18895
Mid-Ohio Energy Coop - Energy Audits for C&I Accounts Other Energy Analysis 18896
Midwest Electric - Energy Audits for C&I Accounts Other Energy Analysis Midwest Electric 18897
South Central Power Company - EnviroWatts Utility Other South Central Power Company 20015
Ohio Edison Company - Ohio Business Energy Analyzer Other Energy Analysis Ohio Edison Company 20092
Ohio Department of Development - Advanced Energy and Efficiency Programs State Training and Information Ohio Department of Development 20802
Dominion East Ohio - Business Energy Center Other Energy Analysis Dominion East Ohio 21076
Vectren Energy - Online Energy Audit Utility Energy Analysis Vectren Energy 21554
U.S. Department of Energy - Industrial Assessment Center (IAC): University of Dayton Federal Energy Analysis U.S. Department of Energy 21587
Delmarva Power - Power Management Platform Other Energy Analysis FirstEnergy Solutions 21649
First Energy - Business Energy Analyzer נOhio Other Energy Analysis 21710
FirstEnergy - Business Energy Analyzer Other Energy Analysis FirstEnergy 21712
Seventhwave (formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin) - Energy Consulting Non-Profit Energy Analysis Seventhwave (formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin) 21839
Seventhwave (formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin) - Back of the Envelope Calculator Non-Profit Energy Analysis Seventhwave (formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin) 21840
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance - Training and Education Non-Profit Energy Analysis Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance 21849
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance - Building Operator Certification Non-Profit Training and Information Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance 21850
American Municipal Power (Public Electric Utilities) - Efficiency Smart Business Program Utility Rebate Program 21864
Ohio Office of Energy - Ohio Center for Industrial Energy Efficiency State Training and Information Ohio Office of Energy 21959
FirstEnergy - Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs Utility Other FirstEnergy 21961
AEP Ohio - Energy Saving Programs Utility Other AEP Ohio 21962



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