In 2004, a “Green Team” of Green Energy Ohio member companies and volunteers installed a solar array and battery backup system on the Carriage House at the Governor’s Residence, where the Highway Patrol post is housed. The system not only contributed power for day-to-day operations of the Patrol, it also allowed them to maintain critical security functions in the event of a power outage.
Although the system has operated as intended for almost eighteen years, advances in photovoltaic cells and battery technology guarantee greater efficiency and reliability as energy demands increase.
In August 2022, GEO began a complete renovation of the system in collaboration with the State of Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS). The project was made possible by a $50,000 grant from the American Electric Power Foundation.
Long-time GEO member companies Third Sun Kokosing Solar and Ecohouse Solar divided responsibility for designing and installing the system. Toledo Solar is donating the new Ohio-made panels. The old panels will be recycled by First Solar.
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Ohio-made solar panels installed at governor’s state residence
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s home away from home got a green upgrade just ahead of Congress’ passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes about $374 billion in energy-related spending, including a 30% federal tax break for rooftop solar installations.
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