New ELPC Study Finds over 150 Ohio Companies Working in Wind and Solar Power Industry
Columbus – The Environmental Law & Policy Center has released a new study of Ohio’s wind and solar energy supply chain. The study finds that 106 Ohio companies are doing business with the wind power industry and 63 Ohio companies are part of the solar energy supply chain.
Ohio’s strong manufacturing base and skilled workforce, together with supportive policies and smart investments have helped make Ohio a center for clean energy manufacturing. From major companies like First Solar and Cardinal Fastener to over 100 small manufacturers, developers and service firms; clean energy means business for Ohio.
“Wind and solar power has created thousands of good jobs across Ohio,” said Howard Learner, Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center. “Longstanding manufacturing companies are retooling to supply the growing clean energy market and new businesses are expanding. Smart policies can continue that growth.”
The report finds that wind industry suppliers employ over 7,500 people in Ohio and, according to the Ohio Department of Development, solar manufacturing has created over 1,500 jobs statewide.
“Ohio has worked hard to develop a climate conducive to advanced energy suppliers. Ohio-based companies are providing components and products for the energy sector worldwide,” said Scott Miller, Director of Energy and Environmental Program’s at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. “As the global need for affordable clean energy increases, this state is poised to take advantage of new technologies and the business and job growth that will come with it.”
The report profiles Ohio businesses that see clean energy as a key part of the state’s economic future. These businesses are looking forward to sound policies that will support the domestic market for clean energy, creating more jobs and economic growth for Ohio.
“The Report comes at a critical time for the future or renewables in Ohio,” said Carrie Cullen Hitt of the Solar Alliance. “Many companies are exploring investment opportunities and this demonstrates that Ohio offers a hospitable environment for growing businesses. As described in the Report, Maintaining and expanding supportive policies in the future is key.”
The report notes that strong regulatory and tax policies are key to growing any industry, and the wind industry is no exception. The proposed strong federal renewable energy standard would help grow the local economy by increasing Ohio’s export opportunities for both wind power and manufactured wind turbine components and professional services.
To download a copy of the report, visit OhioEnergy.