Painesville Electric is committed to providing safe, reliable power to all our customers. We also know coal is not the future in the energy industry. That's why we have worked through our partnership with AMP to provide a diverse sustainable portfolio of generation assets, including hydroelectric power, to control costs and make better decisions for our planet. Below are a few additional options customers can choose from:



EcoSmart Choice

EcoSmart Choice® is a 100% Renewable Energy Product, available to Painesville Electric customers through our partnership with American Municipal Power (AMP). By participating in the program, you will help stimulate the demand for new renewable energy facilities, thus reducing your carbon footprint and providing for cleaner, healthier and safer energy supply. An average customer participating in the program can offset 12,600 pounds of CO2 emissions each year - the equivalent of not driving your car 15,159 miles! 

    • Pricing: Residential base price is 0.3 cents per kWh. An average customer that uses 750kWh / month would pay an additional $2.25 each month
    • Sign Up Options: Sign up online at or return the enrollment card to Painesville City Hall at 7 Richmond Street, Painesville, Ohio
    • Change Your Mind: Customers are able to join or leave the program at any time without penalty. 


Ready to go green? Register today!

Green pricing programs such as this rely on the use of renewable energy certificates (RECs) to offset the customer’s electricity usage. Painesville Electric residential and commercial customers who choose to join EcoSmart Choice are able to offset varying levels of their monthly electric usage with renewable energy for an additional base cost of 0.3 cents per kWh ($0.003/kWh); the current EcoSmart Choice solicitation offers participation levels of 25%, 50%, 75% or 100%. For example, if a customer uses 750 kWh in a month and is participating at the 100% level, the EcoSmart Choice program will purchase and retire an equal number of RECs to match that monthly usage and the customer would pay an additional $2.25 ($0.003 X 750) as part of their utility bill that month to cover their chosen participation in the program.

Electric Vehicles

According to the U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center, electric vehicles (EVs) charge their batteries by drawing electricity directly from the grid and other off-board electrical power sources. EVs provide instant torque, resulting in a fun, fast, and quiet driver experience. They cost less to operate and can have significant emissions benefits over conventional vehicles. To learn more, visit:


If you are considering an EV, use AMP’s WattPlan tool to provide valuable information and help you make an informed decision on your next vehicle purchase. The tool provides a customized plan detailing your savings, available incentives, carbon reductions and more based on your driving habits, budget and electricity usage. Check it out at


Painesville is also the proud home of a new EV charging station located in the Victoria Place parking lot at 66 S St. Clair Street. For a $2 entrance fee into the parking lot, electric vehicle users can park in the available spaces and charge for free at the Level 2 charger.


Solar Panels

Renewable Energy Systems, such as solar panels, are a great way to produce your own power and help the environment at the same time. Please note, we do not compensate the customer for any excess power generated (buy back). To be eligible:

    • Must be a residential, commercial or industrial Painesville Electric customer and have a single-phase or three-phase service operating at 60 hertz with a nominal voltage of 120/240 volts or 480 volts furnished through a single meter
    • Customer account must be in good standing
    • The home or facility shall not be sized to exceed the capacity of the customer's electric service
    • The home or facility must be owned by the customer, must be located on the customer's premises and must serve only the customer's premises

In order to utilize solar panels, the following items must be completed: 

Completed permits and interconnection agreements should be submitted to the Community Development Department ([email protected] or 440-392-5931) or mailed to 66 Mentor Ave, Painesville, Ohio 44077. Once the application and agreement is officially filed, review will be done by the appropriate departments for approval. For zoning permits (city residents), your application will be scheduled to appear before the Planning Commission as the Design Review Board. Staff will be in contact to provide follow up steps.