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Sign Up Your Site! Helpful Guidelines for using the ASES Sign Up!

We will be using the ASES website to sign up tour sites for the 2017 GEO Tour ~

One of our volunteers has created some prompts to help you sign up your site. Some of the prompts are required, some are suggested and some are optional.

Tour Sponsorships!


Here’s your chance to support green energy in Ohio!

This year, we celebrate 15 years of showcasing the growth and expansion of renewable energy, energy efficiency and green design across Ohio. The Green Energy Ohio Tour provides a unique opportunity for Ohioans to see firsthand how members of their community are living and working with clean energy technologies.

In the past five years, the Tour has had an average of over 100 sites with at least one Tour site in 58 of Ohio’s 88 counties. The sites included homes, businesses, public buildings, parks, and churches.  On average, 2,000 people witnessed a range of technologies, including solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and energy efficiency systems.  Surveys have shown that participants came away with a greater knowledge of green energy opportunities and increased interest in pursuing some of the options.

The 2017 tour will take place the weekend of September 29-October 1 and is presented in partnership with the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour.

Time for a Tour!

new tour logo

I’ve been hearing from many of you across the state with questions about this year’s Green Energy Tour.  As you may know, it had originally been scheduled for June, when it was held last year.  In May, Board President Chris Meyer informed GEO membership that it would be postponed by several months, to the traditional time in early fall.  As a result of the heavy GEO event schedule last spring and the leadership transition, the Executive Committee decided to reschedule the Tour for the weekend of September 30 – October 1.It’s amazing to think that this event began 15 years ago as the Ohio Solar Tour.  Back then renewable energy was a novelty in many areas, and information on these systems – particularly at the residential level – was often hard to find.  Today neither of those is true.  Thanks to you and others who believed in the potential of clean energy, these technologies have become abundant and a simple Google search will generate more than eight million references!   Does this mean that we don’t need the Tour anymore?  Our answer is “no” – as with many traditions, the Tour is evolving.  It is becoming an opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments and showcase the possibilities.

The (New) GEO – Welcome Letter from Jane Harf, New GEO Executive Director 



As I begin this exciting journey as Executive Director, I want to introduce myself to GEO members and friends.  I already know many of you from various roles throughout my career, and I’m looking forward to meeting the rest of GEO’s committed supporters.

A lot has happened since 2000 when GEO was founded:  Changes in the legislative and administrative landscape, new entries into the statewide generation mix, and increased awareness and support for the economic and environmental advantages of transformative technologies.  But through it all, your commitment to clean energy has remained steadfast and for that, we thank you.  As we move forward, GEO pledges to continue to support your efforts to expand clean energy in your communities and across the state.

These are challenging times in many ways, and non-profit organizations like GEO must constantly evolve to meet new programmatic and financial demands.  The good news is that GEO has a built a solid reputation over almost two decades, and 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 that advance GEO’s mission, to expand the ranks of Ohioans with a stake in the clean energy future, and to showcase our collective accomplishments.

So as you ask, “Who is GEO today?” and we respond ~

  • GEO is your home.
  • GEO is your business.
  • GEO is your school.
  • GEO is your neighborhood.
  • GEO is your community.
  • GEO is you.

We’re going to simplify our individual and business membership levels, strengthen our base, and broaden our reach.  I encourage you to visit the GEO website at where you will soon start to see changes that make it easier for you to find information, activities, and news.  And please subscribe to the GEO social media sites on Facebook and Twitter for the most recent updates.

We’re already planning for the 15th Annual Green Energy Tour, taking place the weekend of September 29 through October 1 this year, and we are always looking for tour sites and volunteers. We will be in touch with much more information as this great statewide event approaches, so please stay tuned.

In order to put our resources to the best use possible and maximize programmatic impact, we will be closing the GEO office space in Columbus on July 31.  Our talented and dedicated staff will stay connected to you and to each other through a virtual office and remote working environments.  And we will have plenty of opportunity for face-to-face interaction as we travel Ohio to engage with residents, community organizations, business leaders, and elected officials on key energy issues.

None of us can accomplish our goals alone.  I am here to work on your behalf, and I want to hear from you.  My email address, the new GEO general phone number, and the new GEO address are at the bottom of this note – please do not ever hesitate to reach out.  GEO’s agenda will be driven by our Board, our members, our volunteers – and, most importantly, by our mission, which is more imperative today than ever before.  I am honored to be able to lead GEO into this new era.
Jane Harf

New GEO General Phone Number: 614-563-4068

New GEO Address:
P.O. Box 521
Granville, OH 43023

2017 GEO Tour

2017 GEO Tour
Moved to September 29, 30 and October 1, 2017

2017 Fall Tour collage

The 15th GEO Tour originally set for June 16, 17 and 18, 2017 is postponed to September 29, 20 and October 1, 2017 coinciding with the National Solar Tour Month of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES).

The Board of Directors and I are moving the 2017 GEO Tour dates to maintain the quality of our signature educational event.  We have joined with hundreds of volunteers to feature open house visits to nearly 900 solar, wind, energy efficiency and related green technology sites across 67 of Ohio’s 88 counties in the GEO statewide tours the past 14 years.

I ask the tour site owners and our tour volunteers to help GEO in making the Fall Tour one of the best ever.  ASES has declared October as National Solar Tour Month as the ASES 2017 National Solar Conference will be held in Denver, Colorado on October 9-12 in conjunction with the intercollegiate Solar Decathlon.   We are now setting the 2017 GEO Tour on September 29, 30 & October 1 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Thanks for your support of green energy.  Ohio now has nearly 2,300 solar electric installations working every day in all 88 counties.  Join us to help GEO again present a terrific sustainable energy showcase across the state this fall.