The use of power purchase agreements for solar projects had been unclear before state regulators clarified last month.
A joint project in Toledo by the port authority, a community foundation and local industry earmarks profits for community needs.
Effective disaster response should send solar and batteries, writes Ellen Anderson, a senior energy researcher at the University of Minnesota.
The process requires utilities to account for the costs and benefits of renewables, efficiency, and fossil fuel investments.
The proposal recently received a $50,000 prize from a National Renewable Energy Laboratory solar manufacturing contest.