City of Cleveland commits to solar panels, electric vehicle stations for clean energy conversion

CLEVELAND – The City of Cleveland announces a series of new commitments to use 100 percent clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Some of the steps have already been completed, e.g. These include hiring a full-time energy manager, installing LED street lights and traffic signals, and tracking, posting and reviewing information on energy use and emissions in cities.

This new report shows that the city is also replacing lighting structures in some city buildings to improve energy efficiency, and claims that these changes have already “resulted in significant energy savings and generated updated specifications for ongoing lighting upgrades for facilities”.

In order to generate more clean energy, the city has “received offers for the installation of photovoltaic solar modules in selected facilities in the city”. The project begins with 15 buildings and is pending legislation in Cleveland City Council. Part of this solar panel project would also be to create ways to store the collected energy.

For residents, the city pledges to create a low- and middle-income solar financing model to cover the cost of residents who wish to install solar panels. It cites the success of Cuyahoga County’s Solar Co-op in powering solar systems outside of the city. The city’s plan would focus on lowering the barrier to entry for similar investments within the city limits.

Transportation in Cleveland could be very different if some of the city’s obligations are met. According to the report, the mayor’s sustainability bureau is working with the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) to create more charging points for electric vehicles. The city is already looking at the lots at Westside Market, Willard Garage, the new Ward 1 Recreation. Center and the Red Lot Airport.

Cleveland is also committed to purchasing electric vehicles for its “light” fleet of municipal vehicles.

The city is also striving to improve access to alternative transportation and public transportation to make it easier for more people to use cars.

The study and planned actions are the next step after the City of Cleveland’s Climate Action Plan and determine how the city, businesses and residents can help meet the goal by 2050. The information and the study were compiled by the Mayor’s Sustainability Office. Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, the Cleveland Foundation, the Cray Consulting Group, the George Gund Foundation, the United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland, and Greenlink Analytics.

Various parts of the report must be approved by Cleveland City Council before they can be implemented.

View a PDF of the full study report here.

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