Ohio’s Big Solar Business: Commercial & Community Solar Applications – March 27, 2015

Green Energy Ohio Workshop:

Ohio’s Big Solar Business:
Commercial & Community Solar Applications

Friday, March 27, 2015
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe Street, Toledo, Ohio 43620

Road Map and Parking in Lot 6

Ohio’s 25 Big Arrays    TMA First Solar Rooftop    Glass Pavilion    TMA Solar Canopy

Some 125 attendees joined GEO in Toledo to hear 19 experts discuss the latest in large commercial and community solar projects. The workshop included a green expo trade show, guided museum and EV tours and an emerging professionals reception providing excellent business-to-business networking opportunities.

Learn more about Ohio Big Solar Study  and Community Solar. This workshop was supported in part by the First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation. Supporting Partners were the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Assn. (GLREA) and Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Electric Auto Association of Northwest Ohio, GG&T Solutions for Education.  

Workshop in the NewsSolar Power World Video  Toledo Free Press  Toledo Blade  Toledo City Paper  Alt Energy Magazine  Bloomberg

Speaker Bios    Workshop Flyer   Workshop News Release 3.3.15  GEO News Magazine Winter Edition
See Workshop Sponsors/Exhibitors Below Agenda 


Click on speaker name to download a pdf of their presentation.

8:00 am  Registration & Exhibits Opened in Crystal Corridor outside GlasSalon

8:30 am Welcome

Bill Spratley, Executive Director, Green Energy Ohio (GEO), Columbus, Ohio
Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak, President, Lucas County Commissioners, Toledo, Ohio
Emily Sautter, Wind Program Manager, Green Energy Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio

8:50 am Toledo Museum of Art: A Green Masterpiece

Carol Bintz, Chief Operating Officer, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
Paul Bernard, Director of Physical Plant & Capital Projects, Toledo Museum of Art , Toledo, Ohio

9:15 am Installing Large Scale Solar in Ohio

John Witte, President, Advanced Distributed Generation, Maumee, Ohio

9:40 am Large Scale Ohio Solar: Siting & Financing Issues

Moderator: Todd Williams, Partner, Williams Allwein & Moser, LLC, Toledo, Ohio
Jim Harrison, Business Development, Settle Muter Electric, Columbus, Ohio
Brent Boyd, The Art of Big Solar, Chief Operating Office, Solar Power & Light, Miamisburg, Ohio
Matt Longthorne, Co-Founder and Managing Member, Solscient Energy, LLC, Toledo, Ohio

10:30 am Morning Break

10:55 am Large Scale Ohio Solar: Policy Issues

Moderator: Al Frasz, President, Dovetail Solar & Wind
Terrence O’Donnell, Dickinson Wright, PLLC
Jay Troger, CEO, Nextronex

11:40 am Community Solar in Michigan

John Sarver, President, Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA)

12:00 pm  Lunch Buffet

12:30 pm  Luncheon Keynote Speaker: The Solar Revolution and How We Can All Capitalize

Pete Kadens, President, SoCore Energy, Chicago, Illinois

1:00 pm     Community Solar on State: Aligning Purpose, Process, and Products for the New Energy Economy

Jeffrey Brownson, Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering, Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania

1:15 pm   Networking at Emerging Professionals Reception in Crystal Corridor Exhibit Trade Show Tours of Museum Solar & Art and Electric Vehicle (EV) Showcase
(For networking purposes, all attendees will be given a list of all registered individuals, sponsors and exhibitors.  Students and young professionals are invited to meet and network wtih solar industry speakers and attendees.)

2:15 pm  Hitting the Easy Button: Community Solar and Public Power

Alice Wolfe, American Municipal Power, Inc., Assistant Vice President of Power Supply Planning and Alternative Generation

2:40 pm  Panel on Community Solar

Moderator: John Kiely, President, Vistula Management Company
John Sarver, President, Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA)
Alice Wolfe,  American Municipal Power, Inc., Assistant Vice President of Power Supply Planning and Alternative Generation
Todd Williams, Partner, Williams Allwein & Moser, LLC, Toledo, Ohio

3:45 pm  Afternoon Break

4:00 pm  Owens Corning 2.4 MW Solar Parking Lot Canopy

Jim Eckert, Global Real Estate Solutions, Owens Corning, Toledo, Ohio

4:15 pm   Ohio SUN RiseBill Spratley Executive Director, Green Energy Ohio (GEO)
(Next steps in a new Ohio Solar User Network of large-scale solar site owners, developers, installers, financiers and others using workshop valuation by participants).

4:30 pm  Workshop Concluded (Toledo Museum of Art remained open to the public until 9:00 pm)


SoCore Energy


Dovetail Solar & Wind    McNaughton-McKay Electric Company    Solar Power & Light

Toledo Lucas County Port Authority  Toledo Museum of Art

Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization