In his 2010 State of the State address, Governor Ted Strickland urged the Ohio General Assembly to abate the tangible personal property tax on wind and solar generation facilities that break ground in 2010, begin operating by the end of 2012, and create jobs in the process. His proposal comes at the urging of the wind and solar industries, which have identified taxation as a major stumbling block to getting projects built.

To advocate this policy change, a new coalition has formed to encourage the General Assembly to act. Led by the American Wind Energy Association, the group--Wind and Solar Jobs for Ohio--is made up of advanced energy manufacturers, developers, public officials, community leaders, policy advocates, researchers, and other Ohioans that support the adoption of a competitive tax structure for wind and solar projects in Ohio. The Coalition believes an adjustment to Ohio's personal property tax would encourage billions of dollars worth of investments in renewable energy. These investments, the Coalition believes, will create thousands of jobs, stimulate local economic activity, and create new manufacturing opportunities throughout Ohio.

For more information, or to add your name to the coalition roster and be kept informed on the issue, visit: http://www.windandsolarjobsforohio.com.