City of Lebanon, Ohio – Municipal-Owned Utility Solar Project

Project Overview

After a public bidding process,  Kokosing Solar was selected as the Design-Build and EPC Partner for the City of Lebanon Solar Project. In a unanimous vote, the City Council approved the $13.4M solar project largely due to the long-term financial benefits to its ratepayers. Lebanon is the seventh largest municipal-owned utility in Ohio.  

Over the solar system’s lifespan, it is projected to save the City and its utility customers over $27M, will help the City diversify its sources of electricity, and will serve as an attractive showpiece for the community.  The projected cost of the solar arrays will be reduced by about 30% through the federal Investment Tax Credit direct-pay program.

This project will include ground mount arrays across three city-owned properties, spanning a combined total of 41 acres of undevelopable city-owned land. Kokosing Solar broke ground in April 2024 and is expected to complete the project by the end of 2024. Kokosing Solar will self-perform the full scope of construction. 

The project award caps a long selection process that began in January 2023. Kokosing Solar was selected as the best-value RFQ respondent to complete a project feasibility study for the City to demonstrate the technical and financial viability of the project.  The study was delivered to the City’s satisfaction in late May, culminating in the successful award of the EPC contract.

Location: Lebanon, Ohio  

System Size: 9.821 MW DC

Expected completion: 2024 

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