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Free Energy Audit Program for Duke Energy Small Business, Non-Profit, & Local Govt Customers

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In partnership with Green Energy Ohio and Ohio Interfaith Power & Light, Energy Optimizers, USA is excited to offer a special no cost* comprehensive energy audit program to select Duke Energy customers in southern Ohio.  Read more about audit program and energy efficiency in the Winter 2017 GEO News Magazine.

This Energy Audit Program provides ASHRAE Level 2 energy auditing services  completed by professional and certified energy, mechanical, and electrical engineers.  From this audit, the building owner will receive the appropriate information required to evaluate the potential energy conservation opportunities, including: utility analysis, facility benchmarking, facility  walk-through and data collection, environmental savings associated with energy conservation, financial analysis, and grant, rebate, and tax identification. Customers will also be informed of financing mechanisms and assistance in securing the desired approach. Depending on their needs, some financing options are: Commons Energy, Energy Savings Service Agreement, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), Ohio House Bill 264, Ohio House Bill 153, or bank financing, among others.

*Customers will receive an invoice for the cost of the energy audit, with 120 days noted as the payment due date. If an energy savings project is initiated within 120 days, the entire cost of the energy audit will be waived.

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This program has been funded by a grant from the Duke Class Benefit Fund and has been designed to provide auditing and efficiency improvement services to the four following organization types: faith-based, local government, non-profit, and small commercial. This target customer base  has traditionally been underserved by energy efficiency companies due to multiple barriers, including limited capital resources, lack of understanding of the benefits of energy efficiency, confusion with energy service providers offering a commodity service, and cultural barriers.

Qualified candidates fall into one of the four categories and must be Duke Energy Ohio customers located in one of the following Ohio counties: Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, Montgomery, Preble and Warren.

The Energy Audit Program involves collaboration with Green Energy Ohio (GEO) and Ohio Interfaith Power and Light (OhIPL), two key local organizations that will assist in outreach and client identification.  OhIPL is a non-for-profit, whose goal is to empower a religious response to climate change and to promote energy conservation and energy efficiency.

Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, renewable energy projects, HVAC retrofit projects, building controls and energy education programs.

As your local and dedicated single point of contact, this team simplifies energy conservation projects from initial consultation through to project implementation.

2017 GEO Tour

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2017 GEO Tour
Moved to September 29, 30 and October 1, 2017

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The 15th GEO Tour originally set for June 16, 17 and 18, 2017 is postponed to September 29, 20 and October 1, 2017 coinciding with the National Solar Tour Month of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES).

The Board of Directors and I are moving the 2017 GEO Tour dates to maintain the quality of our signature educational event.  We have joined with hundreds of volunteers to feature open house visits to nearly 900 solar, wind, energy efficiency and related green technology sites across 67 of Ohio’s 88 counties in the GEO statewide tours the past 14 years.

I ask the tour site owners and our tour volunteers to help GEO in making the Fall Tour one of the best ever.  ASES has declared October as National Solar Tour Month as the ASES 2017 National Solar Conference will be held in Denver, Colorado on October 9-12 in conjunction with the intercollegiate Solar Decathlon.   We are now setting the 2017 GEO Tour on September 29, 30 & October 1 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Thanks for your support of green energy.  Ohio now has nearly 2,300 solar electric installations working every day in all 88 counties.  Join us to help GEO again present a terrific sustainable energy showcase across the state this fall.

Spring 2017 GEO News Magazine: Ohio Green Energy Policy: Key Issues for 2017

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Spring 2017 GEO News Magazine:
Ohio Green Energy Policy: Key Issues for 2017

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The Green Energy Ohio News Magazine features a 2017 Key Policy Issues Review for May 4th Ohio Green Energy Policy Conference in Columbus.  

Read GEO 17th Annual Report and 2016 GEO Annual Awards along with statewide news articles in this edition about energy efficiency audits; an early solar adopter; solar powered device charging; a new rural co-op community solar array; Ohio Solar Congress; Cincinnati green energy programs; Tesla Powerwalls in Ohio; municipal hydroelectric powers up; Ohio wind farm update; and, GEO’s Ohio Solar PV Census showing solar expanding to all 88 counties. 

Read this issue on-line as separate pdf articles  or read page by page here.  Join GEO and receive the quarterly magazine by mail.  Previous 34 editions on-line chronicle of Ohio’s green energy growth.

Ohio now has solar arrays in all 88 counties!
See2017 Ohio Solar Census collage details on the 2017 GEO Ohio Solar Census at pp. 18-19, including graphics at left showing number of solar installations and solar capacity across Ohio and regions, including site map from PUCO.

Census compiled by GEO Program Manager, Emily Sautter-Goerig.

April 30, 2017 GEO News Release also covers the Solar Census.

Northeast Ohio: Four County Summer Solar Event

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Northeast Ohio: Four County Summer Solar Event

Stark – Wayne – Holmes – Tuscarawas
Saturday, June 17, 2017 
Morning Site Visits, Afternoon Lunch & Climate/Solar PV Workshop

Four County Snip

The Summer Solstice is almost here!  What a great time to learn more about the Sun, our Earth, Sustainability and our Renewable Energy options.  Green Energy Ohio is sponsoring this regional event along with Local Sponsors: McKinley Presidential Library & Museum; Akron Zoo; The Wilderness Center; Paradise Energy Solutions;  Grabill Plumbing & Heating, Inc.; Dovetail Solar and Wind; and, Trail Battery and Solar.  For more information contact Dick Radosevic at 330-704-7737.  Download an event poster here.