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Take the FREE GEO Tour Across Ohio on June 3, 4 & 5

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 3-5 Across Ohio



This FREE statewide event features self-guided, guided or open house tours in all corners of the state and highlights homes, businesses, and public places that are using green technologies such as solar, wind, biomass, green design, energy efficiency and more.  GEO Tour News Release

Each Tour is made possible through hundreds of volunteers that present their hands-on experiences with clean energy technologies to thousands of Tour goers. GEO is also planning a limited Tour in the Fall of 2016.

The 2016 Green Energy Ohio Tour will be GEO’s 14th Tour, and will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June, 3rd, 4th and 5th.  GEO has featured 840 tour sites in 66 Ohio Counties since 2001.

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GEO is excited to move the large Fall Tour (previously held over the first weekend of every October to coincide with the American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) National Solar Tour) to the Spring in 2016!

See GEO Tour Sponsors

Design Your Own Tour
Enter the 2016 GEO Tour Portal to search for open houses and guided tours in your area! Use GEO’s interactive web site to select tour sites you wish to visit. You can search sites in a selected region or county. Sites are listed alphabetically and may also be searched by types of technology (solar, wind, etc.) and types of site (businesses, homes, etc.). Each tour site gives a description by the site owner, directions and up to four photos. The web site will create a Google Map of your personalized tour with directions between sites. Print out your planned tour and enjoy your green energy tour of the Buckeye State!

2016 Spring GEO Tour Flyer_FINAL

2016 GEO Tour Site Owners
Want to sign up to be a site on this year’s Tour? New GEO Site Owners should register on the New Site Form.

Site Owners that participated in the 2015 GEO Tour should receive an email from GEO to revise previous site information on Find My Sites.

Tour Sites should be submitted by Wednesday, May 18th.

If site owners need more information or have trouble with the online forms, contact GEO at tour@greenenergyohio.org or call the GEO Office at 614.985.6131.

See MORE DETAILS on GEO Tour web page.

2016 Tour Post Card

Bowling Green Conference: Building Big Solar Across Ohio


GEO Bowling Green Conference
Wednesday, August 25, 2016 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Stone Ridge Golf Club, 1553 Muirfield Drive, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402

The second, in-depth conference discussing Ohio’s largest solar arrays and the emerging issue of “community solar” will feature expert speakers, a green expo trade show, and a viewing of the state’s largest utility-scale solar array under construction at Bowling Green.

Save the Date Now – Registration, Sponsor & Exhibit Details Coming Soon

The Business-to-Business conference invites attendees to learn about Ohio’s growing large-scale solar industry including siting, financing and policy issues.  Speakers will discuss commercial and community solar applications and GEO will update its list of the biggest solar arrays in the state as part of the Summer 2016 GEO News Magazine.

Solar developers, financiers, installers, and contractors along with manufacturers, retailers, government officials, educators, farmers and consumers are invited to attend.

The new 20 MW Solar Array at Bowling Green contract was approved on May 4, 2016 by the City of Bowling Green City Council empowering the City’s Municipal Utilities to move forward on the 145 acre project northeast of Bowling Green  and east of I-75.  The solar developer NextEra will own and operate the facility called “DG AMP Solar”.

According to the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune:  “The 145-acre site is planned to accommodate 20 megawatts of ’single axis tracker’ panels that can move along with the sun, allowing for more power generation during the day.  The city is slated to subscribe to 13.74 megawatts of power from the project; it is not expected to increase the city’s power supply costs according to capacity plans for 2017 and 2018. The project is expected to supply enough power for 3,000 homes.” The City of Bowling Green’s share of the project capacity (13.74 MW) is equivalent to placing 4 kW of PV panels on 3,435 houses and will supply almost 5% of the entire City’s electric energy.  BGworkshopflyer

GEO held its 5th Annual Meeting at the AMP Ohio/Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm west of Bowling Green in May 2006 under the newly installed utility-scale wind turbines – the first in Ohio.  The City of Bowling Green and Wood County were presented GEO’s first Ohio Clean Energy Community of the Year Award at the 2006 meeting held under a big tent.

Previously, GEO presented its Pioneer of the Year Award for 2003 to Bowling Green Municipal Utilities Director Daryl Stockburger.  Today, after retiring from city service in 2005, Daryl  has returned to  Bowling Green as Asst. Public Utilities Director for the city’s municipal power system as they now work with American Municipal Power (AMP) and NextEra Energy to build Ohio’s biggest solar array. GEO Board of Director and Past Board President, Don Scherer, Emeritus Bowling Green State University Professor, is helping organize the community engagement session for the August 25th Conference.

In March 2015, GEO’s first Big Solar Workshop attracted 125 attendees at the Toledo Museum of Art.

Bowling Green continues to shine as one of Ohio’s brightest green energy gems!  Join us at BG on August 25th!

GEO’s Bill Spratley Speaks at First OSU Workshop on Green Homes

OSU Green Home Workshop
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-­‐H Center and OSU Solar House—enCORE
This ​first ​Ohio State University ​Green ​Home ​workshop ​was designed to ​help ​Ohioans ​navigate ​the ​complex ​landscape ​of ​designs ​and ​technologies ​available. ​ ​
B Spratley headshotGreen Energy Ohio Executive Director Bill Spratley gave an overview of solar energy applications.  See Bill’s

 recent TV interview on “Solar Tax.

To help Ohioans to make informed decisions on adoption of green home designs and technologies, Ohio State University initiated its first Green Home Workshop with support of an OSU Engagement and Impact Grant “Establishing a Green Home Technology Center: An OSU Community Partnership.”  The ultimate goals of the workshop were to help Ohio homeowners to reduce home energy consumption and cost, improve indoor air quality, and achieve a healthy and sustainable living.

Speaker Presentations at April 7th Ohio Green Energy Policy Conference

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Ohio Green Energy Policy Conference:
Energizing Green Ohio Communities 

GEO’s 2016 Policy Summit, Luncheon & Awards Reception
Green Buildings Tours & Green Expo Trade Show
Thursday, April 7, 2016  8:30 am – 5 pm
Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2210 Fred Taylor Drive, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Sponsored by: 
NextGen Climate  A Renewable America &
Law, Finance & Governance Program at the
Ohio State University College of Law


This event featured 30 expert speakers on a dozen green energy issues affecting the everyday actions of the Buckeye state’s community leaders, professionals, policy makers, business owners, media, educators and students.   Policy issues included current practices, regulations and laws at the community, state and national levels.  See the Winter 2016 GEO News Magazine on-line on Ohio Green Energy Policy: Key Issues for 2016.  Presentations of most speakers (.pdfs) appear with their name in Agenda below.

Conference Overview   The 140 Who Attended  ♦  Speaker Photos & Bios  Agenda  ♦ 2015 GEO Annual Awards  ♦  Partner/Sponsors/Exhibitors ♦    Green Buildings Tours ♦  News Release 3.26.16 ♦  Event Flyer