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Green Energy Ohio Fall Appeal

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Dear Friend of GEO,

Are you looking for a way to make a difference in Ohio?

Climate change touches every aspect of our lives. Ohioans aren’t immune to its effects, but we can be part of the solutions.  Our state is home to a robust clean energy supply chain, to corporations who are prioritizing the purchase of renewable resources, to companies who provide energy efficient solutions, and to residents who make smart energy choices. Equally impressive is that Ohio leads the Midwest with over 105,000 clean energy manufacturing jobs, according to a 2016 report by the Clean Energy Trust.  Our goal for the fall appeal this year is to raise 50 cents for every job that has been created, for a total of $52,500.

Green Energy Ohio has been at the forefront in supporting these activities for almost two decades. Non-profit organizations like GEO must constantly evolve to meet new programmatic and financial demands and transition is not always easy.  The good news is that GEO has a built a solid reputation and an extensive statewide membership base.  We have the necessary creativity and flexibility to succeed in the changing environment.  We pledge to find new ways to facilitate projects and identify opportunities, as we continue to transition into a stronger and even more effective organization.

By supporting GEO, you can make a difference and advance our mission to promote environmentally and economically sustainable energy policies and practices in Ohio, to expand the ranks of Ohioans with a stake in the clean energy future, and to showcase our collective accomplishments!

We ask for your continued support with a tax-deductible gift to Green Energy Ohio.  You can Donate On-line Here.  We also encourage you to join, renew or consider giving a gift membership this holiday season. Membership information can be found at GEO Membership.

Together we can make a difference ~ join us as we commit to a brighter, greener future for Ohio!

Jane Harf, GEO Executive Director

2017 GEO Fall Tour

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2017 GEO Fall Tour
September 29, 30 and October 1


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.  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.  Click here for more information on the Tour, or click the link below to see Tour locations.

 

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

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

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Friday, November 18, 2016   8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Hilton Columbus Downtown, 401 North High Street, 
Columbus, Ohio
Conference Partners: Hecate Energy & IGS Solar 
Megawatt Sponsors: American Renewable EnergyBricker & EcklerIntegrated Solar Ltd, EverPower Wind Holdings  Green Expo Trade Show  News Release

Presentations are now online!  Click on the speaker name below to download a pdf of their presentation.  Midwest Energy News Article

Ohio’s Green Energy Future Conference: New Leadership & New Strategies focused 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.  The conference attracted 80 attendees representing 55 businesses (including 22 GEO Business Members) and 10 exhibitors on a warm November day.

Green Energy Ohio is bringing together 12 experts on pending legislation, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) cases and new clean energy industry strategies to interpret how the previous week’s unexpected election of a new President and the Ohio General Assembly year-end, lame-duck session will impact solar, wind, energy efficiency and related green technologies into 2017.   The event also included Continuing Legal Education (CLE), a trade show and a tour of the LEED Gold Columbus Hilton Downtown – the city’s greenest hotel.                  
                                                       Speaker Bios & Photos

Nov 18 All Speakers collage

Presentations are now online!  Click on the speaker name below to download a pdf of their presentation.

8:30 am

Registration & Exhibits Open – George Bellows Ballroom A, B & C – Lower Level of Hotel

9:00 am

Welcome & Introduction to Ohio’s Green Energy Future Conference

Bill Spratley,
Executive Director, Green Energy Ohio (GEO), Columbus, Ohio

9:15 am

Ohio Legislative Update CLE

Alexandria Mock
Government Affairs Director, Government Edge, Columbus, Ohio
Steve Caminati
Senior Vice President, Melamed Communications, Columbus, Ohio
Trish Demeter
Managing Director of Energy Programs, Ohio Environmental Council, Columbus, Ohio

See “68 businesses urge state officials to get clean energy back on track in Ohio”
November 16, 2016 News Release by Steve Caminati and Dayna Baird-Payne in Conference Materials – Letter to Governor Kasich and legislative leaders – signed by 68 busineses including GEO and 22 GEO Business Members

10:15 am

Morning Networking Break

10:30 am

Ohio’s Green Energy Future

Bill Spratley,
Executive Director, Green Energy Ohio (GEO), Columbus, Ohio

11:00 am

The Power of Locally Owned Community Solar

David Dwyer
President, American Renewable Energy (ARE), Columbus, Ohio

11:30 am

“Our Solar” Community Solar Projects Across Ohio

John Witte
President, Integrated Solar LTD, Maumee, Ohio
Ben Wilson
Manager, Power Delivery Engineering, Buckeye Power, Columbus, Ohio

12:00 pm

Luncheon 

12:15 pm

Solar in Appalachia – Luncheon Keynote Speaker 

David Wilhelm
Partner & Chief Strategy Officer, Hecate Energy, Columbus, Ohio

1:00 pm

Networking Break & Tour of Hilton (LEED Gold Building)

1:30 pm

The Bright Future of Solar Energy

Patrick Smith
Vice President, IGS Solar, Dublin, Ohio

2:15 pm

Overview of PUCO Cases and Implications for Green Energy in Ohio

Dylan Borchers
Associate, Bricker & Eckler, Attorneys at Law, Columbus, Ohio

3:15 pm

Afternoon Networking Break

3:30 pm

Grounds for Optimism: Options for Empowering Ohio’s Energy Market

James O’Bryant
Principal, O’Bryant Public Strategies, Columbus, Ohio

October 19, 2016 Executive Summary and Fact Sheet of Grounds for Optimism Report in Conference Materials.

4:00 pm

Concluding Forum on Ohio’s Green Energy Future

LEEDCo Icebreaker Off-Shore Wind Update

Steven Dever
LEEDCo Board of Directors, Cuyahoga County Representative

Open Forum: As the 7th largest state, how can Ohio be a green energy leader?

Conference Speakers & Attendees

4:30 pm

 

Conference Adjourns

* These courses have been submitted to the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 2 total CLE hours instruction.


This business-to-business event was attended by solar, wind and energy efficiency developers, community organizers, electric utilities, financiers, renewable energy installers, and contractors along with manufacturers, retailers, professionals in law and engineering, government officials, educators, farmers and consumers who are part of small and large-scale green energy solutions across Ohio.  See Agenda & Speakers in GEO 2016 Conferences on
Policy April 7 & Big Solar August 25.

Bowling Green Conference: Building Big Solar Across Ohio

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GEO Bowling Green Conference
BUILDING BIG SOLAR ACROSS OHIO
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.   Afternoon Conferees in “stretch” photo below.
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“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  November 11th SE Ohio Solar Snapshot

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