Green Energy Ohio’s weekend tour will be up-close look at solar, energy efficiency

September 25, 2018

Green Energy Ohio’s weekend tour will be up-close look at solar, energy efficiency

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Ohio’s single largest tour of homes, businesses and public buildings that have installed wind, solar and other clean-energy technologies is this weekend.

The 16th annual Green Energy Ohio tour begins Friday and runs through Sunday. All tours are free.

Nearly 130 sites across the state, with a significant concentration in Northeast Ohio, are on the tour this year, allowing the public a closer look at the technical and financial details of adopting clean-energy technologies for the home and workplace. Electric vehicles are also part of the tour.

Some tours are self-guided, with addresses, directions and details available on the Green Energy Ohio tour website. 

There are three guided bus tours that begin in Lake County, starting Friday morning and continuing Saturday. Reservations for these free bus tours can be made by calling (440) 231-0842. The tours last most of the day and include a free box lunch.

Some tour sites are drive-by only. Some sites feature open houses and events throughout the weekend.

Kent State University, for example, has organized open houses and tours of several university facilities. The Kent Police station and a number of homes are also on the Kent tour. 

Other universities, including Denison University, Miami University, the University of Dayton, Ohio State University and Ohio University are part of the tour in an effort to showcase each university’s work in clean-energy fields.

When Green Energy Ohio launched its first tour, sustainability was not a public concept. And renewable energy projects, for example, solar arrays, were a novelty, rare and expensive, said Jane Harf, executive director of Green Energy Ohio.

“There were also fewer sources of credible information. The tour filled a need in both aspects of clean-energy development.

“Even with the expansion of sites and information, however, there is still nothing like viewing an installation up close and talking with the people responsible for it.”

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