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June 2018
A Message from the Director
It’s not just about solar anymore! Residential solar installations will always be an important part of the Green Energy Ohio Tour but in 2018 we will be showcasing the range of renewable technologies and energy efficiency opportunities available to Ohioans. That includes electric vehicles and charging stations, institutional solar arrays, wind farms, and energy saving devices. We will be visiting businesses who have made significant investments in clean energy, saving money and demonstrating their commitment to a better future. We’ll have the chance to see inside companies that produce the components parts and constitute critical supply chains for the renewable energy sector. We’ll learn more about universities who have made sustainability a priority within their facilities and across their curriculum.
 
Put September 28-30 on your calendar for the Green Energy Ohio “Sweet Sixteen” Tour. We all remember turning Sweet 16 – a year with broadening horizons and exciting new opportunities. Join GEO as we celebrate the 16 th Annual Green Energy Ohio Tour and the progress our state has made in energy innovation, production, and consumption.

Thanks for your continued support! 

Jane Harf,
Executive Director
Spotlight
Ohio’s largest landfill solar project coming to Cuyahoga County
Cuyahoga County, Cleveland Public Power, and IGS Solar plan to begin operation this summer on what will be the largest landfill solar project in Ohio. Located in Cuyahoga County, the 4 MW array is being developed over 17 acres of the 75 acre landfill. The county will acquire the project's energy through a power purchase agreement (PPA) from Cleveland Public Power. The project is using over 35,500 solar panels made by First Solar in Perrysburg, and mounting systems manufactured by RBI Solar in Cincinnati. IGS Solar and RBI Solar are members of GEO. Mike Foley, County Sustainability Director, said that the solar farm will supply approximately 5% of the electricity consumption for 16 county-owned commercial buildings, saving as much as $3 million over 35 years.
In Other News...
Bloomberg New Energy Finance EV Outlook
E very year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) releases a report projecting the future for different energy technologies, and each year the reports have shown growing market penetration. This year's report on electric vehicles continues that trend, by forecasting a promising and optimistic future. Specifically, the report discusses: electric buses, upcoming EV models, autonomous cars, and how battery technology will drive to advancement in EV technology. BNEF says "Our latest forecast shows electric vehicles (EVs) increasing from a record 1.1 million worldwide in 2017, to 11 million in 2025 and then surging to 30 million in 2030 as they become cheaper to make the internal combustion engine (ICE) cars. China will lead this transition, with sales there accounting for almost 50% of the global EV market in 2025." Click on the photo to read the full report.
EV Survey: We Want to Hear from You
From the GEO road trip earlier this year we heard a lot of discussions about the growing presence of Electric Vehicles (EV) in Ohio. To help incorporate more EV aspects into our programming, please take a minute to fill out our EV survey.
Our Ohio Partners
A broad coalition of governmental bodies, corporations, academic institutions, and businesses came together to produce the Powering Ohio Report , outlining how Ohio can become a leader in the green movement. The report shows that Ohio has all the parts necessary to power forward, such as a manufacturing background, the presence of a number of innovation centers, a skilled workforce, and a favorable business environment. One of the essential needs is to attract investment from Fortune 500 companies, most of which seek to bring their business to states that align with their clean energy goals. The rate of clean energy growth in the state will be dictated through lower costs and greater efficiency, so money that businesses typically spend on energy can be used to stimulate the economy through other sectors. The report suggests "if Ohio cultivates an innovative workforce, develops smart technologies, and provides energy policy certainty, it can turn these synergistic opportunities into broadly shared and sustained economic success." Please click on the diagram to read the full report.
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