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A GEO for All Seasons: Fall 2016 in “Battleground Ohio”

Support GEO & Help Us Advance Green Energy Across “Battleground Ohio”

While the Nation (and World) watch the daily news and polls on the Presidential Election in “Battleground State Ohio” until early November, educational non-profit Green Energy Ohio (GEO) is focused on moving clean energy forward.

GEO’s 16 years of professional credibility on green energy issues and technologies needs your support of our operation and activities as we organize a post-election and post-lame duck legislative session conference in Columbus with the theme Ohio’s Green Energy Future: New Leadership & New Strategies.  Join us as a attendee, sponsor or exhibitor on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Hilton Columbus Downtown.  We are tracking the policy proposal news reports as the clock runs down on whether state legislators will end the Renewable Portfolio Standard “freeze” in the 2014 law (SB 310) restoring the 2008 law (SB 221) or move to repeal the RPS or enact another legal framework.

The GEO Fall Appeal Kicked-Off on September 22nd launched by $2,500 in “Leadership Gifts” by the GEO Board of Directors. Help us Fall Leaves & GEO Logoraise another $2,500 by October 2 in this first phase of the Fall Appeal.  Donate to GEO now with a gift to support our educational efforts.

We are also working to expand our 61 GEO Business Members in September and October in a Membership Drive.   It’s time for Ohio to reap the economic and environmental benefits of other states that are moving past us with policies friendly to green energy.  Here’s why businesses and institutions should join our ranks.  Personal GEO Memberships are great way learn about going green too.   

2016 Fall Green Energy Ohio Tour


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GEO Fall Tour & ASES National Solar Tour
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 30 – October 2

Join GEO for a Fall Tour in conjunction with with the American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) National Solar Tour over the weekend of September 30 – October 2.  GEO will continue to host a larger Spring Tour over the first weekend in June!  This FREE fall statewide event features guided and open house tours in several regions 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.  Each Tour is made possible through local volunteers that present their hands-on experiences with clean energy technologies to interested Tour visitors.

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Ohio’s Green Energy Future Conference: New Leadership & New Strategies

Hilton Columbus Downtown
GEO Columbus Fall Conference
Ohio’s Green Energy Future: New Leadership & New Strategies

Friday, November 18, 2016
8:30 am to 9:30 pm  
Hilton Columbus Downtown
401 North High Street         
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Greenest Hotel in Columbus at LEED Gold

Ohio’s Green Energy Future Conference: New Leadership & New Strategies will focus on opportunities and barriers for forward-looking policy and financial strategies to develop the state’s solar and wind energy market in 2017 and beyond.

After Ohio’s “battleground” election on November 8th followed by a “lame duck” state legislative session, as the political smoke clears, the question remains: As the 7th largest state, how can Ohio be a green energy leader?  Join us  for some fresh perspectives as GEO brings together key players in Ohio’s green energy issues and industry on November 18th.

Bowling Green Conference: Building Big Solar Across Ohio

GEO Bowling Green Conference
Thursday, August 25, 2016 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Stone Ridge Golf Club,Bowling Green, Ohio

AGENDA – Featuring 20 Expert Speakers – Presentations Now On-Line – 10 Trade Show Exhibits

CONFERENCE IN THE NEWS: BG Independent News (2), Cleveland Plain Dealer (2),  Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune (2)Toledo BladeBowling Green Sentinel-Tribune (1),  Cleveland Plain Dealer (1)Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune (1), Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune (2), BG Independent News (1), Washington Times, Youngstown Vindicator,  Ohio Farm Bureau Federation See articles chronologically at GEO in the News

Key solar energy developments across Ohio was discussed by 20 expert speakers on Thursday, August 25th at the Green Energy Ohio’s Building Big Solar Across Ohio Conference. 

“This was the most comprehensive look at solar energy across Ohio ever presented – showing the statewide extent of currently operating solar energy systems and the growing list of solar installs expected in coming years,” said Bill Spratley, GEO Executive Director.

Ohio Counties Solar MapsGEO’s new study of Ohio solar analyzed the state’s 25 largest solar arrays as of May 15, 2016 and presented the first-ever county-by-county survey of installed solar in an August 16th GEO News Release.

August 25th Conference topics included:
– A more in-depth look at Ohio’s 25 largest solar installations and installed solar in Ohio counties in recent GEO solar analysis;
– Ohio’s largest solar installation of 20 MW, now under construction at Bowling Green;
– The state’s first “Community Solar” projects by municipal and rural cooperative utilities; and,
– How large-scale solar battery storage and solar tracking systems are operating in Ohio.  August 10th GEO News Release

GEO-summerCOVER (2)Read the 34th quarterly, full-color edition of the GEO News Magazine, Summer 2016 now on-line showcasing  Building Big Solar Across Ohio. This comprehensive review of current and future Ohio solar energy sites – big and small – also includes regional clean energy news.

“Very large and commercial size solar electric systems are rapidly rising up across Ohio,” said Bill Spratley, GEO Executive Director, “and Ohio’s first Community Solar Projects are moving forward.” “Bowling Green, AMP and Next Era are now constructing Ohio’s largest solar field (20 megawatts) near Bowling Green which will highlight this conference. Other large municipal power solar installations at Minster (4.3 megawatts) and Clyde, Ohio (3.6 megawatts) will be featured along with new solar deployment to Ohio’s county governments and rural electric co-operatives.”  August 1st GEO News Release