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Jay Warmke’s Solar Electric PV Workshop Nov. 5th at the Akron Zoo

REGISTER NOW – LIMITED SEATING – Thursday, November 5, 2015   8:30 am to 4:30 pm
GEO 1-Day Solar Electric PV Workshop at the Akron Zoo
Featuring Solar Educator Jay Warmke
Akron Zoo, Nature’s View, 500 Edgewood Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44307


Nov 5 Collage - GEO Logo

It’s a zoo out there.  Especially if you don’t have all the facts.

Whether you are a home owner or a business owner thinking of installing solar electric (photovoltaics) on your site, or an architect or engineer who WILL be asked to give an informed opinion on PV by future customers – this workshop is for you.

Clearly a day of technical instruction, no matter how good (and trust us, this will be good), will not make you an expert. But you will find that you have a better appreciation for the capabilities of PV, the pros and cons of installing it at this time, the economics, system options, maintenance issues and much more.   EVENT FLYER

Join Green Energy Ohio Vice President Jay Warmke for this one-day seminar designed to present a comprehensive understanding of photovoltaics. Jay not only serves on the board of GEO, but was national chair of the SkillsUSA sustainability challenge, is national chair of the Electronic Technician’s Association International sustainability committee and was named ETA’s Educator of the Year in 2014.

Jay has also published many textbooks and general interest books on sustainability – and is co-owner of Blue Rock Station, Ohio’s premiere sustainability center. He has also taught sustainability at Ohio State University, the Central Ohio Technical College and Zane State University.

This course will touch on:
– Basic Principles and Concepts of Power
– Basic Principles and Concepts of Photovoltaics
– The Economics of Photovoltaics
– Photovoltaic System Components
– Standard system configurations
– Site assessment
– Designing a PV system
– Battery Systems
– System Installation
– Permits and Required Agreements
– Testing and Commissioning the System
– System Maintenance and Troubleshooting
– Solar Generator Demonstrator

Workshop Registration is $100 for GEO Members and $120 for Non GEO Members.  Register now – seating is limited to 40 people!  REGISTER HERE!

The training session will be held at Nature’s View at the Akron Zoo. EVENT FLYER

Over 120 Sites Across Ohio Showcased Oct. 2, 3 & 4 for GEO Tour!


A BIG THANKS TO OUR 20 GEO TOUR SPONSORS & OVER 100 TOUR VOLUNTEERS ACROSS OHIO!!!  We are now collecting reports of visitors at each Tour Site and will be sending an on-line survey to all those who provided their emails on the site sign-up sheets.  We are hearing that tour visitors this year were more serious than ever about installing renewable energy.  If you would like to share your thoughts or receive the tour survey contact GEO at tour@greenenergyohio.org.

If You Missed the GEO Tour on October 2, 3 & 4, Check Out our On-Line Sites & Materials:
See the GEO Tour Hand-outs On-line: 
2 GEO News Magazines – GEO Tour & Buyers Guide

Enter the 2015 GEO Tour Portal to see Tour Sites with solar, wind, energy efficiency and 7 other green technologies in your area!  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.

Also see the 14 Guided Tours organized by GEO Volunteers in Akron, Athens County, Canton, East of Cleveland, Knox County, Licking County, Minster, Medina, Monclova, Oberlin, Springfield, Payne, Urbana and Whitehouse.

Tour news accounts and tour site photos appear on GEO Facebook, GEO Tour Facebook and GEO Twitter social media sites.

This 13 Annual GEO Tour was again the largest on ASES National Solar Tour!  The statewide GEO tour event featured 122 Tour Sites holding 186 Open Houses with installed solar, wind, energy efficiency and other green energy technologies. The GEO Tour had 20 Sponsors in 135 communities across 34 Ohio counties. Tour sites included private homes, businesses and public locations such as schools, parks, zoos and other locations – all organized by over 100 volunteers.

CLICK on Links BELOW Ohio Maps to See Tour Sites That Were Featured Each Day of the Tour:

Oct 2 Friday  33 Tour Sites                       Oct 3 Saturday 94 Tour Sites      

Oct 2 GEO Tour Sites 2015       Oct 3 GEO Tour Sites 2015

Oct 4 Sunday 59 Tour Sites
Oct 4 GEO Tour Sites 2015       

Premier Sponsor
American Renewable Energy and Power, LLC

Featured Sponsors
Design Energy  ♦ Ecohouse Solar   ♦   Dayton Power & Light   ♦   Ohio Solar Electric   ♦   Third Sun Solar   ♦   Solarmax, Inc   ♦  YellowLite   ♦  SunLit Solar   ♦   Dovetail Solar & Wind

Supporting Sponsors
Decker Homes   ♦   Everpower   ♦   Advanced Distributed Generation   ♦   SolarVision   ♦   A Renewable America   ♦   KeyBank   ♦   Akron Zoo   ♦  Motorcars Honda ♦  Turner Foundation

Tour Host Green Energy Ohio (GEO) is the Ohio Chapter of the
American Solar Energy Society (ASES), Sponsor of the National Solar Tour!

GEO News Release (October 2)

GEO News Releases (September 24) highlight Tour Sites & Guided Tours by Ohio’s Five Regions: Central Region (31 Sites) Northeast Region (46 Sites)
Northwest Region (14 Sites) Southeast Region (8 Sites) Southwest Region (21 Sites)

GEO’s Bill Spratley on Community Solar in Ohio – Sept 15 Alliance Forum

Tuesday, September 15 – 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Courtney’s Banquet Center, 981 East State St., Alliance, Ohio
> Bill Spratley, GEO Executive Director on Community Solar in Ohio
Download Spratley Presentation   Download Reference Jack Barnett Paper
> Tim Ryan, US Congressional Representative on Direction of Alternative Energy
> Randy Monhemius, USDA on Rural Energy for American Grants
> Greg Courtney, Wind Turbines of Ohio on Solar for Businesses and Non-Profits
                       Meet the Green Alliance Sponsors and Supporters:Green Alliance Sept 15 2015
Right to Left in Photo Above:
Mark Locke – Director of Chamber of Commerce
Tiffany Gravlee – Green Alliance
Bill Spratley – GEO
Martha McClaugherty – Green Alliance
Dr. Chuck McClaugherty – Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center – Univ. of Mount Union
Dr. Lori Kumler – Professor at University of Mount Union
Dr. Steve Kramer – Professor Univ. Mount Union
Andrea Lee – Keep Alliance Beautiful
Greg Courtney – Wind Turbines of Ohio

See Updates on GEO Bibliography on Community Solar 

See Event Poster

Check Out the Latest GEO News Magazine Now On-Line

Green Energy Ohio News Magazine 

Ohio BuCover Pageyers Guide 2015 & Getting Started with Green Energy

This Green Energy Ohio News Magazine features GEO’s third Buyers Guide listing the 68 GEO Corporate Members with descriptions of their services and products that are building Ohio’s clean energy industry. Also included in this issue is a section Getting Started with Green Energy for both residential and commercial consumers.

See Cover Story: Be The Change by Bob Anderson in White House, Ohio, who recounts his solar journey resulting in a 12 kW solar array that instantly started his electric meter running backwards.  This issue also contains news stories, educational references, clean energy business advertising from across the state.   Check out this magazine and become a member today!

Read On-Line Page by Page

Read this issue as separate articles by clicking downloadable pdfs, or read page by page on the GEO News Magazine web page.