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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, 1553 Muirfield Drive, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402

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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.



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 Summer GEO News Magazine will feature the new list of Ohio’s 25 Largest Solar PV Installations, Installed Solar in All Counties of Ohio and details of the coming conference.
Ohio is progressing in deploying big solar and the conference will showcase the first community solar projects since the first-ever  Big Solar event in March 2015 when GEO first introduced the community solar concept into Ohio.  Join us as we bring together most of the big solar drivers in this Ohio Big Solar movement on August 25th!

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!  See recent news articles on the Bowling Green Solar Array: Toledo Blade,  Bowling Green Sentinel-Journal, BG Independent NewsAlso see recent Cleveland Plain Dealer on another, new big solar array in Cuyahoga County.


Worthington Solar Co-op Meeting – August 4th, 6 pm

August 4, 6 p.m.
OH-SUN Sales Lines
Worthington Presbyterian
773 High Street
Worthington, OH 43085
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Neighbors in Worthington have formed a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier while building a network of solar supporters.

Local non-profit OH SUN is helping homeowners organize solar co-ops across the state.

To learn more and register for an information session, visit:

 Questions? Email: solarteam@ohsun.org

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5-Day Solar Electric PV Certification Workshop Near Cincinnati (July 18-22)

GEO 5-Day Solar Electric PV Certification Workshop
Monday, July 18th through Friday, July 22nd (8 am – 5 pm)

Featuring Solar EdSolar Installucator
Jay Warmke
Held at Melink Corporation 5140 River Valley Road Milford, OH 45150
East of Cincinnati

See details and REGISTER NOW – Seats are limited.

What Solar PV trainees say about this course:
> “Even though retired, I love learning.  Have not dealt with electrical knowledge since high school.  How could I ever make an intelligent decision based on something I learned 45 years ago?  Thanks so much!
> “Good info. Learned a lot. Food good. Location good. Cost good.”
> “I enjoyed the class.  Learn something new on what industries are using -like new products.”

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

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

Did you go on the 2016 Tour?  We’d greatly appreciate your feedback!  Take our short survey here.



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.  Tour Edition of the 48-page, full-color, GEO News Magazine available as hard copy at most tour sites.

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.  The 2016 GEO Tour features 141 Open Houses at 88 Tour Sites in 47 Communities across 27 Ohio Counties. GEO has featured 840 tour sites in 66 Ohio Counties since 2001.