The option that Council chose is to hire Dovetail Solar and Wind to install the array and enter into a 25-year lease agreement with AEP Onsite Partners, LLC. Bates said the village has the option to buy the asset in six years.
The site sits amid about 32 acres of village-owned land at the end of Ridgecrest Drive. Village Councilwoman Judith Hempfling told the crowd that gathered for the ribbon cutting that it's a proud moment for the village as "we have added our own green energy to the grid."
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"The village has been on a long road moving toward 93 percent renewable energy portfolio," Hempfling said, adding that it started about 12 years ago when council members rejected an offer from AMP-Ohio to buy into two coal plants.
"We had the foresight, with the support of our citizenry, to say 'no' to those two plants," she said. "We've been a leading community in moving toward 100 percent renewable energy use."