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November 2011

November 28, 2011

Company considering Auglaize County wind farm, wind, county ...
Lima News
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Ohio Companies Installing Wind Turbines On-Site
North American Windpower
Two Ohio companies, Cooper Farms and Haviland Plastic Products, are moving forward with two wind energy projects, One Energy has announced. The project for Cooper Farms, which consists of two Goldwind 1.5 MW wind ...

November 26, 2011

For vets returning to US, green energy jobs await
The Associated Press
An Ohio energy company is making an effort to hire military ... veterans learn in the military translate well into green energy jobs. ...

November 25, 2011

Ohio's Energy Future
OSU TV Columbus
Columbus on the Record  Mike Thompson hosts a panel of experts about the future of coal, natural gas, nuclear, and renewable energy sources in Ohio.
Dan Gearino, Business Reporter, The Columbus Dispatch
Kate Bartter, Associate Director, OSU Institute for Energy and the Environment
Rhonda Reda, Executive Director, Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program
William Spratley, Executive Director, Green Energy Ohio
See video of episode.

November 23, 2011

Break in the clouds for Ohio's economy
Akron Beacon Journal op-ed
The solar industry is alive and thriving in the state of Ohio, with 90 companies manufaturing, installing and distributing solar energy products in our state.  These solar energy companies have created 1,000 jobs in the Buckeye State, helping families regain economic stability and helping our state claim its share of a bright, vibrant market. - Michelle Greenfield

MFG supplies replacement composite parts for wind turbines

Reinforced Plastics
MFG, headquartered in Ashtabula, Ohio, USA, has 15 manufacturing sites in North America, five of which are partially or fully dedicated to composite parts for the wind energy industry. The company also operates a wind energy composite maintenance and ...
November 21, 2011

Clean Energy Rust Busting Road Trip Part 1: Cleveland
Natural Resources Defense Council (blog)
Back north toward Lake Erie stands the 2.5 MW Lincoln Electric wind turbine, the largest in the state. Generating renewable electricity since June, the tower stands as a symbol of Lincoln's commitment to clean energy, and beckons the future of ...

Urban Legend: First Solar as M&A Target for GE
First Solar has lost more than $10 billion in value in the last few months, making it somewhat more digestible.

November 17, 2011

Ohio zoos get serious about green energy, boast country's largest solar canopy
Conservation has always been a major concern for zoos, from habitat conservation to protecting animal populations with dwindling numbers. Two Ohio zoos, though, are leading the way into another branch of conservation--energy conservation.  The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens and the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium have both made headlines in the last two years for their green technology efforts, investing millions while enlisting help from the state's green industry to become leaders in the field.

First Solar Achieves 5GW Photovoltaic Production Milestone: Modules Made to Date Produce Enough Electricity to Power 2.5 Million Homes
Business Wire
First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) today announced cumulative production has reached 5 gigawatts (GW), or 66 million solar modules, capable of generating enough clean electricity to power approximately 2.5 million homes. The company began commercial production in 2002 and has since grown to become one of the world's largest solar module manufacturers, with 36 production lines on three continents.
"This milestone helps advance our mission of providing clean solar electricity at affordable prices. Our ability to scale high-volume production has been a key factor in reducing the cost of renewable energy," said Tymen DeJong, First Solar Senior Vice President of Global Manufacturing.
First Solar recently announced that implementing technologies and processes derived from its research and development (R&D) program produced a world-record 17.3 percent efficient cadmium telluride solar cell in July, resulting in average module conversion efficiency of 12.4 percent from its best-performing production lines during the third quarter.
Efficiency gains have also enabled the company to begin production of 87 watt modules, which produce higher amounts of electricity when installed in the field.
Five GW of solar generation displaces 3.3 million metric tons of CO2e annually, the equivalent of taking 650,000 average cars off the road or planting 84 million trees each year.
On a life cycle basis, systems using First Solar modules also have the lowest carbon footprint and fastest energy payback time—the amount of time a system must operate to recover the energy that was required to produce it—of any other photovoltaic technology. This enables systems using First Solar modules to provide the greatest and fastest environmental benefits.

November 15, 2011

Cleveland Indians recognize National Recyling Day
The Cleveland Indians were the first American League ballpark to embrace solar energy in 2007 by partnering with Green Energy Ohio and Doty and Miller ...

Putting more wind in offshore project's sails
Hamilton Spectator
The Ministry of Energy issued a statement suggesting it would be monitoring a freshwater project in Sweden and a pilot project in Ohio before lifting the ban. It caused a tailspin for several green energy companies including Windstream Energy which had ...

November 13, 2011

Greenville inventor testing market for new wind turbine design
Greenville News
Barber was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, where his father owned a traveling carnival and a dirt race-car track. He recalled childhood days at his grandparents' farm with no electricity and his father building a shed in the backyard to house his ...
November 11, 2011

Fitch Affirms Ohio Muni Electric Generation Agency JV5 Beneficial Int Certs at ...
MarketWatch (press release)
As such, the organization is developing a diverse portfolio of resources that includes coal-fired generation, hydroelectric generation, natural gas, wind, solar and landfill gas power projects, and is designed to meet the growing energy requirements of ...

Solar power has a bright future in Buckeye State
Columbus Dispatch Letter
A bright spot in Ohio’s economy is the return we get from solar energy. More than 90 companies are manufacturing, installing and distributing solar-energy products in our state, creating 1,000 jobs and helping families regain economic stability and helping Ohio claim its share of this vibrant market... State Representative Peter Beck
When a Clean Energy Standard is None of the Above
Clean Energy News (blog)
However, some people are crying foul and saying wind energy should be scrapped altogether from the UK's plans. Instead, those naysayers are promoting…you guessed it, gas turbines and nuclear reactors. Here in the US, an offshore wind farm in Ohio can ...

November 10, 2011
Proposed water plant to study wind power
Springfield News Sun
... a $60000 grant to study whether it can power its facility using wind energy. ... provided by the Ohio Department of Development and Green Energy Ohio. ...

Never-Used Tax Credit Could Jumpstart US Offshore Wind Energy—if ...
But it's not just the Atlantic states that are vying for offshore renewable energy. Ohio wants to build a 20-megawatt demo on Lake Erie. ...
November 9, 2011

Solar project among largest in Tri-State
Harrison Press
Hubert Company, Harrison, is getting ready to install a solar collection system that will rank as one of the largest in Greater Cincinnati. After installation is complete, Hubert will have one of the three largest solar collection systems in the Tri-State and one of the seven largest in Ohio, said Hubert Vice President of Operations Tim Lansing. “It will be the largest roof system in the area,” he said

Gas drilling could take air out of offshore wind
Cleveland has the best shot at building a Great Lakes wind farm. But the financing remains uncertain as Ohio focuses on energy that could generate more jobs. The proposed wind farm would create lots of business for Great Lakes Towing, the owner of this ...

November 7, 2011

State enters debate over wind energy
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Wind turbines just off US 30 in Van Wert County, Ohio, can be seen for miles. The flat farmlands of northeast Indiana aren't as vast as the sweeping plains of Texas, the state that leads the nation in wind power. Developers say there's plenty of energy ...
Solar, Wind Are Big Business In Wisconsin
In addition to Wisconsin, the ELPC has also completed wind and solar supply chain studies for four additional states in the Midwest – Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Ohio. Together, the reports find more than 1000 clean energy businesses that employ more ...

November 1, 2011
Advanced Energy B2B Conference and Expo
Smart Business Network
During the conference and expo, a new statewide network was announced between NorTech and seven of Ohio's energy focused business organizations. This new organization, Advanced Energy Economy Ohio (AEE Ohio), will seek to drive the development of ...
Sierra Club Partners with Ohio Business Owners for Clean Energy
Cleveland Leader
On Tuesday the Sierra Club showcased local innovation in clean energy technology happening right here in Northeast Ohio. ...