Plant, projects help Napoleon earn title of ‘America’s Number One Solar Small Town’ | Toledo Blade

NAPOLEON — Michael Peck still finds it amazing that a tiny area smack in the middle of rural northwest Ohio can have such a large solar footprint.

Granted, since last February, the city of Napoleon has been home to a solar panel-making operation headed by Mr. Peck, chairman of Isofoton North America Inc., an offspring of Spanish solar panel Isofoton.

But Isofoton North America’s $30 million plant, which employs 30 workers, isn’t the only connection to the solar industry in Henry County, Mr. Peck noted. AP Alternatives LLC, which makes and installs racks to hold solar panels, is running successfully in nearby Ridgeville Corners.

And Napoleon has two significant solar projects: a 9.8-megawatt solar array erected in 2011 by Campbell Soup Co., Napoleon’s largest employer, and a 4.2-megawatt solar array built this year by American Municipal Power, which supplies electricity to Napoleon’s power system.

“None of this happened by magic,” Mr. Peck said.

Read about the growth in the solar industry in Napoleon, Ohio from this Toledo Blade article.

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