The 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues June 17 with the Renewable Energy Farm Tour at Woodland Ridge Farm and Learning Center in Athens in southeast Ohio. The farm has hybrid, battery backup, microgrid solar and off-grid systems. Admission is free and open to the public, but you have to preregister. Get details in the tour’s calendar listing or on pages 7-8 in the series brochure.
The farm is also offering two paid workshops and a dinner that weekend. Details are at the same links.
A series of new free publications co-written by CFAES specialist Eric Romich will help you untangle the complexities of investing in solar energy, says a recent story in the High Plains Journal. It gives you a link to the series.
Lew Blaustein of GreenSportsBlog wrote on “How Ohio State is tackling clean energy and zero waste” — including efforts by Ohio Stadium and by CFAES’s research arm, OARDC — yesterday in GreenBiz. Read the story.
Interested in adding a solar power system to your farm, how to pay for it and how it will pay you back? Read Catie Noyes’ story in Farm and Dairy about CFAES’s recent workshop in Wooster …
“Issues related to energy development are often emotionally charged, with the potential for conflict.” So writes CFAES’s Eric Romich in “The Role of Extension in Energy Education,” published this month in the Journal of Extension. Romich is an OSU Extension energy development specialist. “Looking forward to the next 100 years,” he continues, “it is time for Extension to adapt and mobilize research and educational programming to address critical energy issues facing our nation.” Read the article. (Photo: Creatas.)
“Students help Columbus rank in top 30 green power cities,” says the headline of a recent story by Nick Roll in Ohio State’s student newspaper, The Lantern. Among those quoted are CFAES’s Neil Drobny and Greg Hitzhusen.
“Employment of solar photovoltaic (PV) installers is projected to grow 24 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations,” according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook. If you’re interested in studying and getting a job in solar energy, come to the Wooster Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair tomorrow, April 22 — Earth Day. Faculty from the Renewable Energy Program at CFAES’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster will staff an exhibit and will be happy to talk with you!
On Tuesday you’ll see ways that “green is for life,” including for getting around. The Wooster Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair, April 22 at OARDC, will have eco-friendlier rides among its 60-plus exhibits. Among them: The Chevy Volt, the extended-range electric car. The Honda Accord Hybrid, rated at 45 mpg highway, 50 mpg city. The Buehler’s grocery chain’s “greasel”-fueled (waste vegetable oil) Volkswagen Jetta TDI. Ford’s more fuel-efficient Transit Connect commercial truck. And compressed natural gas-powered vehicles run by Smith Dairy and the Wayne County Engineer’s Office. A lot to see and sing about! (You’re gonna hear that all day long.) (Photo copyright: General Motors.)
Five speakers set for the Wooster Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair have gas. And they plan to let you know it. A talk and panel discussion at the event will expand on compressed natural gas, or CNG. How does it work as a vehicle fuel? Is it cheaper? Greener? The speakers, including from Orrville’s Smith Dairy, Wooster’s Pallotta Ford Lincoln and the Wayne County Engineer’s Office, have know-how on using CNG and converting cars and trucks to run on it. The fair is on Earth Day, April 22, at CFAES’s OARDC in Wooster. Fun fact: OARDC itself is testing CNG vehicles in its fleet. (Photo: K.D. Chamberlain.)