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

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

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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

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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

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

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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..