Category Archives: Photovoltaic

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

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


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


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.

5-Day Solar Electric PV Certification Workshop – Cleveland (Sept 19-23)

GEO 5-Day Solar Electric PV Certification Workshop
Monday, Sept 19th through Friday, Sept 23rd (8 am – 5 pm)

2016 Cleveland Training collage 1Featuring Solar Educator
Jay Warmke
Held in Cleveland area (at Energy Education Center, Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 164 Eastland Rd, Berea, OH 44017)

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.”

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One-Day Solar Overview Course – Dayton (Sept 14th)

Join Green Energy Ohio for this coming educational events in GEO Connections:

GEO 1-DAY SOLAR ELECTRIC PV WORKSHOP Sept 14, 2016 (8 am – 5 pm) 2015 PV Training collage
University of Dayton, Kettering Labs, Room 205, Dayton, OH
Featuring Solar Educator Jay Warmke
Basic But Comprehensive Overview of Solar Electric Photovoltaics
See More Details & REGISTER NOW:
– GEO Member Workshop Registration $100 registration fee (includes lunch)
– Non Member Workshop Registration $120 registration fee (join GEO today and save $20 on this workshop)

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Ohio Green Energy Policy Conference April 7, 2016 Hosted by GEO


Thursday, April 7, 2016 (8:30 am – 5:00 pm)
Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2210 Fred Taylor Drive, 
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

AGENDAExpert speakers on over a dozen policy issues (See Agenda as .pdf)

Green Energy Ohio (GEO) conducted it’s first-ever, in-depth, all-day Policy Conference on key green energy policy issues on Thursday, April 7, 2016.  The Conference featured issues affecting the everyday actions of the Buckeye state’s community leaders, professionals, policy makers, business owners, media, educators and students.  Networking opportunities across this spectrum of attendees made the policy conference a unique venue for all involved in “lessons learned” dialogues about successes, barriers and new opportunities.  See the Winter 2016 GEO News Magazine on Ohio Green Energy Policy: Key Issues for 2016  ♦  Who Should Attend  ♦  Event Flyer  ♦  Directions  ♦ Parking ♦  Sponsors & Exhibits  ♦  2015 GEO Annual Awards ♦ News Release 3.26.16

This all-day conference on Ohio green energy policies included discussion of these key issues:

Logo on 4-H PhotoFEDERAL POLICY:

Act on Climate – Build 50% Clean Energy in America by 2030; Support the US EPA Clean Power Plan; Promote the Extended Tax Credits for Solar and Wind


Restore Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards; Establish reasonable Ohio wind farm set-backs; Insure fair renewable energy net-metering rules


Community Choice Aggregation Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Community Solar; Solar Cooperatives (OH-SUN); Voluntary Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)

See GEO 2016 Policy Agenda and GEO Policy Statements