From the GEO Archives
Throughout GEO’s 20th year, we looked back at some of our most significant programs and accomplishments. These articles were included in the Connections Newsletter to commemorate our first two decades of work.
- From the GEO Archives: Award Winners Through the Years - Last week, we presented GEO’s Annual Green Achievement Awards in four categories – Business, Academic, Community/Government, and Nonprofit – plus two Lifetime Achievement Awards. Since 2018, we have focused on honorees who are active statewide or who are leaders in the area where we host the awards ceremony!
- From the GEO Archives: GEO Advances Solar Schools in Ohio - Green Energy Ohio has had a long association with efforts to promote solar schools. Ohio Schools Going Solar began in the spring of 1999 - even before GEO came into existence - with the installation of a 2-kilowatt photovoltaic array at Bluffsview Elementary School in the Worthington School District.
- From the GEO Archives: Providing the Skills for a Fresh Start - This month we are sharing a program that has been underway since 2015, and continues today. Beginning five years ago, GEO and its business members have partnered with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) to train offenders through the “Understanding Photovoltaics” program and endeavored to place them in the Ohio solar industry after release.
- From the GEO Archives: Promoting Green Collar Jobs - We know that clean energy creates jobs. Growth in the renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean transportation industries has outpaced other economic sectors in recent years. We also know that the industry took a hit in the recent pandemic shutdown, with as much as a 17 percent job loss nationwide. Given demand for energy that reduces costs and addresses climate change, forecasters expect a rebound in the employment numbers as the economy reopens.
- From the GEO Archives: Sunshine at the Governor’s Residence - At the 2003 Ohio State Fair, First Lady Hope Taft brought the idea of a photovoltaic or solar electric system at the Ohio Governor’s Residence to Green Energy Ohio. A "Green Team" of GEO volunteers and members of the Ohio Clean Energy Business Association (OCEBA) immediately began preparing a plan to install a grid-tied solar system with battery back-up power and an educational display using all Ohio-made products and services.
- From the GEO Archives: Driving Clean Across Ohio - In June 2012, Green Energy Ohio (GEO) and Clean Fuels Ohio (CFO) collaborated on a "Tour de Sol", an electric vehicle road rally, visiting green businesses and renewable energy charging stations, spreading the word that Ohioans wanted EVs and wanted to be able to charge them using renewable energy.
- From the GEO Archives: Cleveland Hosts the Solar Nation - Using renewable energy as a tool for economic development and job creation was the theme of the national SOLAR 2007 conference hosted by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and Green Energy Ohio at the Cleveland Convention Center in July 2007.
- From the GEO Archives: The Cleveland Crib - There is no doubt that the Crib data represented a unique contribution to the possibility of a fresh water wind energy installation in Lake Erie. Green Energy Ohio is proud to have played a central part in the project from conception to construction to data collection and analysis.