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

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.

Click here for a Energy Audit Program flyer!    Free Energy Audit Flyer

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 Activities: GEO Tour, Spring Magazine & Policy Conference

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

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

– Bill Spratley, Executive Director, Green Energy Ohio

2017 Fall Tour collage15th GEO Tour Across Ohio
September 29, 30 and October 1, 2017

This FREE statewide event features self-guided, guided or open house tours in each region 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.

Details at 2017 GEO Tour.

Each Tour is made possible through hundreds of volunteers that present their hands-on experiences with clean energy technologies to thousands of Tour go-ers.    See the previous GEO Tours since 2009.

GEOCoverSpring2017Spring 2017 GEO News Magazine: Ohio Green Energy Policy:
Key Issues for 2017

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.


GEO’s 2nd Policy Conference
& 17th Annual Meeting Awards Reception
Annunciation Conference Center 555 N. High Street, Columbus 
May 4, 2017, Thursday, 8:30 am – 6:30 pm


The Green Energy Ohio all-day Policy Conference on key green energy policy issues featured 16 expert speakers, 77 attendees and 8 exhibitors on Thursday, May 4, 2017.  Employing GEO’s “hands-on” knowledge, technical credibility and “grass-roots” outreach provided an ideal platform for discussing key policy issues and solutions impacting clean energy across Ohio. 
Conference Page  Solar PV Training   Awards News Release   Solar Census News Release

May 4th AGENDA      Speaker Bios      Speaker Presentations Linked by 

8:30 am – Registration & Exhibits Open / 1-Day PV Training in Classroom  All Speaker collage

9:00 am – Welcome & Introduction
Bill Spratley, Executive Director, Green Energy Ohio, Columbus, Ohio

9:20 am – Ohio & Federal Green Energy Legislative Update
Trish Demeter, Managing Director of Energy Programs, Ohio Environmental Council, Columbus, Ohio

10:15 am – Morning Networking Break

10:30 am – Ohio Wind Energy Developments
Key Legislative Issues for Ohio Wind Power

Alexandria (Ali) Mock, Government Affairs Director, Government Edge, Columbus, Ohio
Update on Ohio Wind Farms

Dale Arnold, Director, Energy, Utility and Local Government Policy, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Columbus, Ohio
Offshore Wind Development – Ohio
Christine Pirik
, Of Counsel, Dickinson Wright, Columbus, Ohio

11:15 am – Hydroelectricity: Powering the Future of Ohio’s Municipal Electric Utilities
Erin Miller, Director of Energy Policy and Sustainability for American Municipal Power, Inc., Columbus, Ohio

11:35 am – Leading the Battery Energy Storage Market
Bill Merkel, Vice President, Nidec Industrial Solutions, Cleveland, Ohio

12:05 pm – Luncheon

12:15 pm – Luncheon Keynote: From Canals to Solar Cells: Ohio Connection
Keynote Speaker Al Compaan, President & CEO, Lucintech, Inc., Toledo, Ohio
Distinguished University of Toledo Professor Emeritus and Research Professor
Dept. of Physics & Astronomy and Wright Center for PV Innovation and Commercialization

1:15 pm – Networking Break

1:30 pm – PUCO & Federal Regulatory Actions Impacting Ohio Green EnergyPolicy
Miranda Leppla, Clean Energy Attorney, Ohio Environmental Council, Columbus, Ohio
Dylan Borchers, Associate, Bricker & Eckler, Attorneys at Law, Columbus, Ohio
Colleen Shutrump, Energy Resource Planning Advisor, Office of Consumer’s Counsel,
Columbus, Ohio

2:30 pm – Ohio Solar Energy Developments
Solar Energy Across Ohio in 2017
Bill Spratley, Executive Director, Green Energy Ohio, Columbus, Ohio
“Our Solar” Community Solar Projects
Ben Wilson, Manager, Power Delivery Engineering, Buckeye Power, Columbus,Ohio

3:15 pm – Afternoon Networking Break

3:30 pm – Ohio Community Actions on Green Energy: PACE, Co-ops, Aggregation
Chris Meyer, Account Executive, Energy Optimizers, USA
Sharon Pearson, Program Coordinator, The Oberlin Project
Mathew Roberts, Info & Outreach Director, Upgrade Ohio (Upgrade Athens County)
Luke Sulfridge, Director, OH-SUN Solar Co-ops

4:30 pm – Presentation of GEO 2016 Annual Recognition Awards
Bill Spratley Presents Awards to Recipients – See Photo Collagecollage

5:00 pm – Conference Adjourns to Reception

6:30 pm – Reception Concludes

Ohio legislation in early 2017 proposes to make the Ohio Renewable Portfolio Standard voluntary and was opposed by GEO and many others in Ohio House Committee hearing on March 21st.  See GEO Testimony and testimony of others.  After GEO’s Energy Futures Conference held in November, 2016 in Columbus, Governor John Kasich vetoed legislation weakening the RPS.

Check out details of our first ever in-depth Policy Conference held last April in Columbus Ohio, and   And for the latest news on clean energy policy, go to  theGEO Policy Watch 2017” page.

May 4, 2017 Thursday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm  GEO 1-Day Solar Electric PV Workshop   
Annunciation Banquet and Conference Center, 555 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215
During GEO Policy Conference this 1-day training featuMay 4 2017 PV Training Coverred Solar Educator Jay Warmke
in a Basic But Comprehensive Overview of Solar Electric Photovoltaics attended by 13 trainees.
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1-Day Solar Electric PV Workshop – Columbus (May 4, 2017)

GEO 1-Day Solar Electric PV Workshop in Columbus
Thursday, May 4, 2017 (8 am – 4:30 pm)

Featuring Solar Educator Jay Warmke at GEO Policy Conference

Annunciation Banquet and Conference Center
555 N. High St, Columbus, Ohio 43215

GEO Member Workshop Registration – $100 registration fee (includes lunch)

Non-Member Workshop Registration – $125 registration fee (includes lunch)

Click here for a flyer!

A Basic but Comprehensive Overview of Solar Electric (PV)

You have heard about solar electricity.  Perhaps you have even explored putting solar panels on your home.  Or your boss wants to know if solar power will work for your company.  Or you are an architect or engineer and your clients are beginning to ask questions that you don’t have the answers for (and also you need continuing education hours to renew your license).  Or perhaps you are thinking of taking the 5-day certification course but are not quite sure you want to commit the time and money to make that happen.  Then this one-day introduction to solar electricity may be just the course you are looking for.

This workshop is a slimmed down version of our complete 5-day course that leads to ETA certification in PV.  As such, if you take this course and then later decide to pursue the full certification course, we will apply the registration fee of this class to the certification class if and when you sign up (so we will deduct the $100 fee from the longer class registration fee).

This course, due to time constraints, is a seminar-based program (no hands on).  It is designed for individuals with little or no background in electricity or photovoltaics.  But after attending this class you will understand:

  • Basic electrical principles and concepts.
  • Basic Principles and Concepts of Photovoltaics
  • Photovoltaic System Components, and how to select the items that are right in a given situation
  • Standard PV system configurations, and when and why to use each
  • How to conduct a Site Assessment
  • How to Design a Photovoltaic System
  • Sizing and Selecting a Battery System
  • Steps involved in System Installation
  • Rules, Regulations and Paperwork Required

GEO Seeks New Executive Director As Bill Spratley Announces Retirement

After over 16 years of outstanding and dedicated leadership and service, Bill Spratley recently announced his upcoming retirement from his position of Executive Director of the statewide, non-profit Green Energy Ohio.  After the 17th Annual Meeting to be on May 4, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio, he will retire on May 31, 2017.  During his tenure, Green Energy Ohio has received wide recognition in offering outstanding programs and publications in clean energy education, including the nation’s largest solar tour (GEO Tour) and informative programs and research on solar, wind, energy efficiency across Ohio.  Bill and the dedicated staff of GEO, together with its talented volunteers provide the non-profit’s outstanding work and we cannot thank Bill and this entire group enough for their commitment, vision and pursuit of excellence that have shaped Green Energy Ohio in so many positive ways.

A Green Energy Ohio Board-appointed Search Committee is leading the efforts to identify a qualified successor.  The Committee has developed a comprehensive job description outlining the detailed responsibilities of the Executive Director position.  This position involves managing all of the operations of the 501(C)(3) non-profit, including program and publication development, outreach programs, finances, membership and the administration of a four-person staff.   This announcement begins the formal process of identifying potential candidates.

An outline of key responsibilities of the Executive Director position, as well as our preferred qualifications are 0nline showing this full announcement and job description.

– Donald Scherer, Chair, GEO Board Search Committee