Residential and business electric consumers seeking information on financial incentives available from the State of Ohio to encourage solar, wind, biomass and other renewable energy resources should visit the following web sites:
Ohio Department of Development Advanced Energy Program
The Ohio Department of Development, Office of Energy Efficiency announced Notice of Funding Available (NOFA) in January 2009 including grants for residential wind energy systems, grants for multifamily, residential solar thermal installations, and grants for residential solar electric systems.
Ohio Treasurer - ECO-Link - Energy Conservation for Ohioans
The Energy Conservation for Ohioans (ECO-Link) program is designed to provide reduced rate financing through partnering banks for Ohioans completing weatherization improvements or installing energy efficient products in their homes. ECO-Link provides the powerful lending resources needed to allow homeowners to realize the saving from energy efficient products, enjoy a more comfortable home, and help Ohio emerge as a leader in the developing green economy.
Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) serves as the nation's most comprehensive source of information on the status of programs and incentives that promote renewable energy. This link takes you to the Ohio page.
DSIRE unveiled its new website in October 2001 as announced by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. The site adds features that make navigating the site and accessing the information you want easier. The homepage features a U.S. map; with one click you can access a complete list of state-specific incentives. With another click you can view and print all the incentive summaries to create a state incentives report. Homeowners can choose to view and print just the incentives and policies that apply to them. The DSIRE website continues to offer the Summary Tables of Financial Incentives, Regulatory Policies, and Community Investment & Awareness Programs across the U.S. For those interested in incentives across the country for a specific technology, eligible sector, incentive type or other criteria, try the Search By function. To get a better sense of regional trends regarding a specific incentive type, use the new Summary Maps feature to view a color-coded U.S. map showing which states offer a given incentive. The Status of State Interconnection Rules for Renewables and Distributed Generation (pdf) also appears on the IREC web site under a updated clearinghouse: Connecting to the Grid.
Ohio Department of Development Ohio Energy Office
Ohio Air Quality Development Authority
Net Metering/Simplified Interconnection
NOTE: Federal Solar and Energy Efficiency Tax Credits available in 2006 through 2009
Prior State Renewable Energy Grants
Net Metering (reversing the electric meter using solar or wind)
Under the 1999 Ohio electric utility deregulation law, Ohio's Net Metering Rule requires investor-owned utilities to offer a net metering option to customer-generators who own qualifying systems. Qualifying systems include wind, solar, biomass, landfill gas, hydropower, fuel cells and microturbines and must be intended primarily to offset part or all of the customer-generator's requirements for electricity. There is no cap on system size but the total installed capacity is limited to 1% of each utility's in state customer peak demand.
Obtaining a utility interconnection agreement, net metering and Ohio utility contacts for net metering are found in the Ohio PV Consumer Guide (.pdf) to photovoltaic (solar electric) systems.
Net metering system must meet safety standards of the National Electrical Code, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and Underwriters Laboratories. Utilities cannot require the customer-generator to comply with any further safety and performance standards. Net excess generation is credited to the customer at full retail rate. Find out much more about How Does Net Metering Work? Here is a recent state-by-state net metering comparison.
Using a DER grant from OEE in 2004, GEO installed and maintains a grid-tied PV system on the Ohio Governor's Residence. Recently Michigan adopted net metering also - see Toledo Blade story referencing Ohio Governor's Residence PV system..
Also see, State Energy Alternatives on the U.S. Dept.of Energy web site EREN