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

GEO Seeks New Executive Director As Bill Spratley Announces Retirement

After over 16 years of outstanding and dedicated leadership and service, Bill Spratley recently announced his upcoming retirement from his position of Executive Director of the statewide, non-profit Green Energy Ohio.  After the 17th Annual Meeting to be on May 4, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio, he will retire on May 31, 2017.  During his tenure, Green Energy Ohio has received wide recognition in offering outstanding programs and publications in clean energy education, including the nation’s largest solar tour (GEO Tour) and informative programs and research on solar, wind, energy efficiency across Ohio.  Bill and the dedicated staff of GEO, together with its talented volunteers provide the non-profit’s outstanding work and we cannot thank Bill and this entire group enough for their commitment, vision and pursuit of excellence that have shaped Green Energy Ohio in so many positive ways.

A Green Energy Ohio Board-appointed Search Committee is leading the efforts to identify a qualified successor.  The Committee has developed a comprehensive job description outlining the detailed responsibilities of the Executive Director position.  This position involves managing all of the operations of the 501(C)(3) non-profit, including program and publication development, outreach programs, finances, membership and the administration of a four-person staff.   This announcement begins the formal process of identifying potential candidates.

An outline of key responsibilities of the Executive Director position, as well as our preferred qualifications are 0nline showing this full announcement and job description.

– Donald Scherer, Chair, GEO Board Search Committee



GEO Exhibit at Earthfest 2017

Thanks to the GEO Volunteers staffing GEO’s booth at Earthfest 2017 on Saturday, April 22, 10 am – 5 pm, at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.  Earthfest is Ohio’s largest environmental education event and the longest running Earth Day celebration in the nation.

Celebrate Earth Day with activities including:Earthfest Flyer Pic

  • over 270 exhibitors in nine exhibit areas
  • dignitaries and speakers
  • awards for our eight county wide K-12 Art, Poetry & Essay Contest
  • workshops and teach-ins
  • pop-up streetscape with interactive tree canopy
  • free tree giveaways
  • Midwest Evolve electric vehicle ride & drives
  • biodiesel powered amusement park rides
  • urban farm animals
  • petting zoos
  • sheep dog herding demos
  • Jungle-Bob with his animal friends
  • pony rides
  • local food trucks
  • microbrewers and vintners
  • all day music on four stages
  • and much more..

Happy New Year! Join GEO to Grow A Greener Ohio Together in 2017!

In 2017 GEO is excited to begin it’s 17th year of professional credibility on green energy issues and technologies across the Buckeye State.   Although solar and wind power become more affordable every day, we need your support to overcome expected obstacles to growing Ohio’s green energy industry.  Keep updated on key actions at GEO Policy Watch 2017.

2016 Magazine collageJoin GEO as an Individual or Business Member including the quarterly, full-color GEO News Magazine and discounts on statewide events in 2017.   Join now on this web site.  Read the current Green Energy Ohio News Magazine Fall 2016 on-line – 2016 edition Covers to left.

We are proud to have organized a post-election and post-lame duck legislative session conference in Columbus with the theme Ohio’s Green Energy Future: New Leadership & New Strategies.  On Friday, November 18, 2016 at Hilton Columbus Downtown the conference attracted 80 attendees including 6 sponsors and 10 exhibitors.   

As 2016 ended after the Election GEO tracked the policy news reports as state legislators attempted to make the Ohio Renewable Portfolio Standard 2016 GEO in the News collage“voluntary.”  GEO presented testimony in an Ohio Senate Committee on November 29th and testimony in an Ohio House Committee to restore the SB 221 RPS and reasonable wind farm property setbacks.  

On December 9th GEO asked Governor Kasich to Veto HB 554 making Ohio’s clean energy standards voluntary.   Fortunately, Governor Kasich vetoed HB 554 on December 27, 2016 allowing the 2008 law (SB 221) with renewable energy and energy efficiency standards to go back into effect after a 2014-16 “freeze.”

The Green Energy Ohio (GEO) nonprofit organization Mission is dedicated to promoting environmentally and economically sustainable energy policies and practices in Ohio.   GEO is the Ohio Chapter of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). 

Read about our successful GEO’s 2016 educational activities – in new articles with photos above.  

We are now planning informative and timely 2017 events to be announced soon.  Check out clean energy news on GEO Facebook and GEO Twitter for daily updates.

Happy New Year and Join GEO to Grow A Greener Ohio Together  in 2017!

– Bill Spratley, Executive Director, Green Energy Ohio                                                                                        

GEO Applauds Governor John Kasich for His Veto of HB 554!

Governor Kasich’s Leadership Ends 2016 on a High Note for Ohio Green Energy!
“How can Ohio be a green energy leader? GEO asked in testimony twice before the Ohio General Assembly’s “Lame Duck” session at, and the answer came December 27th with “Public Interest” leadership by Governor John Kasich as he vetoed HB 554 – an action requested by GEO and many clean energy business, civic and environmental organizations,” said Bill Spratley, GEO Executive Director.   See Governor’s Veto Message on HB 554 .

 Kasich Ohio collageNews coverage of the Governor’s Veto and Legislative Activities leading up to the veto appear on GEO’s Columbus Conference web page (at bottom).

Following passage of Substitute House Bill 554 by the several week-long, lame duck session of the Ohio General Assembly on December 8, 2016, the following letter was sent after Green Energy Ohio Executive Director Bill Spratley gave opponent testimony on the bill in Committees of the Ohio Senate (November 29, 2016) and Ohio House of Representatives (November 30, 2016).   See GEO Letter below Requesting Veto also as a pdf

See news articles on the legislative debate and related stories at bottom of GEO Columbus Conference web page.

December 9, 2016

                                                                    Re: Request to Veto Sub. H.B. 554
The Honorable John Kasich
Office of the Governor
77 South High Street, 30th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Dear Governor Kasich:
On behalf of our statewide, educational non-profit, Green Energy Ohio (GEO), I respectfully ask you to veto Sub. House Bill 554.   This measure will continue to hamper our state’s progress to deploy renewable energy and energy efficiency to create jobs, reduce the carbon levels and improve the quality of life for all Ohioans.  We join many others in the clean energy industry who know this legislation will create business uncertainty with unenforceable “goals” and unclear market signals that will discourage investment.

Based on your public statements about potentially vetoing a legislative action that does not move Ohio forward on clean energy development, as Governor, your leadership in this matter represents the best hope to advance Ohio green energy for millions of Ohioans as well as the nearly 400 GEO members including our 72 clean energy business members.

Our GEO members know a lot about Ohio’s growing solar, wind and related clean energy developments because their homes, businesses and public places have made it a reality.  We recall how little investment was made in these technologies before enactment of SB 221 in May, 2008.  During the past 13 years, GEO tours of homes, farms, businesses, schools and community places have showcased over 900 sites in 66 counties.  Our tours reflect the manufacturing, construction, distribution, retail businesses and trained workers who deploy green energy every day and who have voiced opposition to H.B. 554.  GEO has documented these success stories in 36 editions of our quarterly magazine since 2008.