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2017 Activities: Policy Conference and GEO Tour

GEO’s 2nd Policy Conference
& 17th Annual Meeting Awards Reception
Annunciation Conference Center
555 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio

May 4, 2017, Thursday, 8:30 am – 6:30 pm

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Join Green Energy Ohio (GEO) for an all-day Policy Conference on key green energy policy issues on Thursday, May 4, 2017.  Employing GEO’s “hands-on” knowledge, technical credibility and “grass-roots” outreach provides an ideal platform for discussing key policy issues and solutions impacting clean energy across Ohio.  REGISTER EARLY-BIRD Before Wednesday, April 26th.   REGISTER HERE  
Conference Page     Sponsor/Exhibitor Opportunities   News Release   Solar PV Training

> Keynote Speaker Al Compaan:  “From Canals to Solar Cells: Ohio Connections”
> Plus over a dozen more Expert Speakers & Great Networking at Green Expo Trade Show
> 17th GEO Annual Meeting Reception & GEO Annual Recognition Awards for 2016

Ohio legislation in early 2017 proposes to make the Ohio Renewable Portfolio Standard voluntary and was opposed by GEO and many others in Ohio GEO collage 2017 policyHouse 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 – FeatuMay 4 2017 PV Training Coverring Solar Educator Jay Warmke
Basic But Comprehensive Overview of Solar Electric Photovoltaics
See More Details & Register Now as a GEO Member or Nonmember – Limited Seating

 

June 16, 17 & 18, 2017: Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Across Ohio
GEO Spring Tour – 15th Statewide Annual Showcase
2017 June GEO Tour Promo

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.

 

 

 

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)

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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

 

 

GEO Exhibit at Earthfest 2017

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Thanks to the GEO Volunteers staffing GEO’s booth at Earthfest 2017 on Saturday, April 22, 10 am – 5 pm, at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.  Earthfest is Ohio’s largest environmental education event and the longest running Earth Day celebration in the nation.

Celebrate Earth Day with activities including:Earthfest Flyer Pic

  • over 270 exhibitors in nine exhibit areas
  • dignitaries and speakers
  • awards for our eight county wide K-12 Art, Poetry & Essay Contest
  • workshops and teach-ins
  • pop-up streetscape with interactive tree canopy
  • free tree giveaways
  • Midwest Evolve electric vehicle ride & drives
  • biodiesel powered amusement park rides
  • urban farm animals
  • petting zoos
  • sheep dog herding demos
  • Jungle-Bob with his animal friends
  • pony rides
  • local food trucks
  • microbrewers and vintners
  • all day music on four stages
  • and much more..