Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has purchased 14,660,000 kWh of renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by wind farms across the U.S. The RECs, purchased from Boulder, Colo.-based Renewable Choice Energy, will be used towards offsetting all of the electricity used by the new Juvenile Justice Center for two years.
‘We look at this purchase as a long-term investment in sustainability and another way Cuyahoga County is taking a leadership role in renewable energy promotion and making forward-thinking moves that will benefit our nation's energy economy,’ says Lee Trotter, Cuyahoga County's deputy county administrator.
In addition to the REC purchase, Cuyahoga County commissioners are sponsoring a year-long feasibility study of erecting offshore wind turbines in Lake Erie. In addition, the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds received a wind monitoring award from Green Energy Ohio. A meteorological tower has been erected to measure winds for one year, prior to the planned installation of a 225 kW wind turbine.
SOURCE: Renewable Choice Energy