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.

Spring 2017 GEO News Magazine: Ohio Green Energy Policy: Key Issues for 2017

Spring 2017 GEO News Magazine:
Ohio Green Energy Policy: Key Issues for 2017


The Green Energy Ohio News Magazine features a 2017 Key Policy Issues Review for May 4th Ohio Green Energy Policy Conference in Columbus.  

Read GEO 17th Annual Report and 2016 GEO Annual Awards along with statewide news articles in this edition about energy efficiency audits; an early solar adopter; solar powered device charging; a new rural co-op community solar array; Ohio Solar Congress; Cincinnati green energy programs; Tesla Powerwalls in Ohio; municipal hydroelectric powers up; Ohio wind farm update; and, GEO’s Ohio Solar PV Census showing solar expanding to all 88 counties. 

Read this issue on-line as separate pdf articles  or read page by page here.  Join GEO and receive the quarterly magazine by mail.  Previous 34 editions on-line chronicle of Ohio’s green energy growth.

Ohio now has solar arrays in all 88 counties!
See2017 Ohio Solar Census collage details on the 2017 GEO Ohio Solar Census at pp. 18-19, including graphics at left showing number of solar installations and solar capacity across Ohio and regions, including site map from PUCO.

Census compiled by GEO Program Manager, Emily Sautter-Goerig.

April 30, 2017 GEO News Release also covers the Solar Census.

Northeast Ohio: Four County Summer Solar Event

Northeast Ohio: Four County Summer Solar Event

Stark – Wayne – Holmes – Tuscarawas
Saturday, June 17, 2017 
Morning Site Visits, Afternoon Lunch & Climate/Solar PV Workshop

Four County Snip

The Summer Solstice is almost here!  What a great time to learn more about the Sun, our Earth, Sustainability and our Renewable Energy options.  Green Energy Ohio is sponsoring this regional event along with Local Sponsors: McKinley Presidential Library & Museum; Akron Zoo; The Wilderness Center; Paradise Energy Solutions;  Grabill Plumbing & Heating, Inc.; Dovetail Solar and Wind; and, Trail Battery and Solar.  For more information contact Dick Radosevic at 330-704-7737.  Download an event poster here.

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