Solar Mo-Jo in Ohio
Green Energy Ohio
“Going Solar in Ohio” is a Mo-Jo or “Momentous Journey” as each month, clean
energy moves forward with the efforts of the Ohio Department of Development’s
Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE), non-profits like Green Energy Ohio (GEO) and
the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), and several municipal public
power systems. A new association of Ohio renewable energy businesses also
started up and moved to diversify the state’s energy mix.
Photovoltaic systems continue to be installed across Ohio, especially on schools
and public buildings. Most of these schools result from the efforts of FEE and
OEE. An OEE web site designed to link real time information from solar units on
over 40 Ohio schools is under construction.
The GEO solar tours in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Athens areas drew
hundreds of participants in October 2002. The Sept./Oct. Solar Tour edition of
SOLAR TODAY with a cover photo of a hybrid PV/wind system at Victory Farms near
Columbus also featured a story on GEO, the American Solar Energy Society Chapter
GEO is working to expand the Ohio Solar Tour, in part by sponsoring six regional
wind & solar power workshops across Ohio in 2003 including the Cleveland,
Toledo, Cincinnati, Dayton, Akron and Columbus areas. This effort builds on the
November Ohio Wind Power Conference, attended by 350 people from 54 of the
state’s 88 counties. Hybrid, small wind and PV systems were identified and
promoted at this conference with a new Ohio wind resource map and wind working
group underway as a result.
During the past year, OEE funded statewide conferences on biomass, distributed
generation, and small wind applications. These events promoted the agency’s
Energy Loan Fund for small renewable energy systems, along with the incentives
provided in Ohio’s net metering law and financing available from the Ohio Air
A series of successful training sessions were held in 2002 for PV installers.
These were conducted by GEO, OEE, Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association and
Florida Solar Energy Center. Owens Community College near Toledo is preparing to
train installers on a regular basis in Ohio. GEO, OEE and others will be working
with Owens to meet this need for certified installers.
An Ohio Clean Energy Business Association (OCEBA) was announced on April 22,
2002 bringing together 10 Ohio renewable energy firms, including First Solar, a
PV manufacturer at Perrysburg; Vanner, Inc, a renewable energy inverter
manufacturer at Hilliard; Texaco Ovonic, a maker of advanced batteries at
Springboro; Advanced Distributed Generation at Maumee; Dovetail Solar at
Glouster; and Third Sun Solar & Wind Power at Millfield.
After meeting as a roundtable with support of OEE and GEO, the new business
association crafted a set of recommendations including: 1) The procurement of
green power by state government; 2) Establishing renewable energy grants and
low-interest loans from the state system benefit charge; 3) Removing barriers to
distributed generation; and 4) Creating a renewable energy standard.
A market for green power is close at hand in Ohio as the Bowling Green Municipal
Utility prepares for the state’s first commercial wind park with up to 4 wind
turbines of at least 1.5 MW each. The muni utility already has the state’s only
green power rate from low-impact hydro and landfill gas. Other munis are joining
Bowling Green’s push for green power as well as Green Mountain Energy Company,
which provides cleaner power into several large municipal aggregations of
Bowling Green State University and the local muni continue to move forward on a
plan to place a 374 kW PV system at the site of the campus ice arena. Upon
completion, this PV system would be the largest East of the Mississippi.
Combined with the state’s first commercial wind farm nearby, the Mo-Jo for Solar
in Ohio promises to reverberate in the state’s bicentennial year to open a new
Ohio Solar Century!
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Source: IREC's CONNECTIONS News, Spring '03
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