A new green initiative by the City of Cincinnati will help improve air quality by cutting back on emissions from coal-burning power plants, and help the city complete its pledge to move towards using more renewable energy.
It's the largest effort by a single city in the country.
The solar panels will be built in Adams County, about 40 miles away from Cincinnati.
A RENEWABLE ENERGY RECORD.THECITY OF CINCINNATI SAYS -- ASOLAR PROJECT COMING HERE WILLBE THE LARGEST CITY EFFORT INTHE COUNTRY!COUNTRY!NINE ON YOUR SIDE'SRAVEN RICHARD TELLS US MOREABOUT THE CITY'S EFFORTS TO GOGREEN -- IN THIS MOVE UPCINCINNATI REPORT.HIS SOYBEAN FIELD WILL SOON BEA FIELD OF 310-THOUSAND SOLARPANELS PROVIDING ENERGY FORCITY-OPERATED FACILITIES ANDSOME HOMES.
IT'S THE CITY OFCINCINNATI'S WAY TO GO GREEN.GREEN."It would be irresponsible fora city or business ororganization not to deliver acheaper product especiallywhen that cheaper product isin fact good for theenvironment"BECAUSE THE COSTOF ENERGY FLUCTUATES YEAR TOYEAR, OFFICIALS ARE PREDICTING ...."We will either be budgetneutral, or saving up toaround 1.7 million dollarsover the term of the contract."THAT CONTRACT IS FOR 20 YEARS.THE CITY IS NOT PAYING FOR THEPROJECT UP FRONT.
IT WILL BEPRIVATELY FINANCED.MAYOR JOHNCRANLEY AND HIS TEAM ALSOPREDICT GOING TO SOLAR ENERGYWILL HELP KEEP 157-MILLIONPOUNDS OF COAL IN THE GROUNDEACH YEAR.YEAR."We believe it's wrong to ripup this planet and to leave itworse off for our kids."CINCINNATI SITS IN A BOWL,WHICH SOMETIMES CAUSES AIRQUALITY ISSUES.
CRANLEY SAYSTHEY'RE CONFIDENT THIS SOLARPROJECT WILL LEAD TO CLEANER AIRAIR."It is in fact going to dealwith societal problems thatcome with too much pollution."IN CINCINNATI, RAVEN RICHARD,NINE ON YOUR SIDE.LAST YEAR --CINCINNATI PLEDGEDTO OPERATE ON 100 PERCENTRENEWABLE ENERGY BY THE YEAR20-35.IT'S THE 100TH CITY INTHE U-S TO MAKE THAT PROMISE.THEY PLAN TO BUILD THE SOLARPANELS IN HIGHLAND COUNTY,ABOUT 40 MILES EAST OF