Shine a light on adding solar

If you’re thinking about adding solar energy to your home, farm or business, check out Thursday’s Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair in Wooster.

The fair’s free Renewable Energy Workshop (10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.) will have sessions about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program and the Washington, D.C.-based Solar United Neighbors effort, as well as a panel discussion by representatives from four Ohio solar installers: Harvest Energy Solutions (Delaware), Dovetail Solar and Wind (Cleveland), Paradise Energy Solutions (Sugarcreek) and Third Sun Solar (Athens).

Those four installers also will have exhibits at the fair and staff to answer your questions, as will The Lighthouse Installation (Fredericksburg) and YellowLite (Cleveland).

It’s a good chance to learn how solar works, to see if and how it could work for you, and to get a feel for companies you could work with. Admission to the fair is free.

March 26: ‘Spaceship in the Desert’; or, how oil-rich Abu Dhabi built the world’s first ‘zero-carbon’ city

Gökçe Günel of the University of Arizona presents “Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi” at 4 p.m. March 26 in Room 1080, Derby Hall, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Admission is free and open to the public. Ohio State’s Cultures of the Anthropecene working group, part of the Humanities Institute, is the event’s host.

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Environmental Film Series ends with ‘Uprising’

Ohio State’s 2017 Environmental Film Series wraps up at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, with the coal-, energy- and climate change-focused “Uprising,” part of the National Geographic Channel’s “Years of Living Dangerously” series. Correspondents America Ferrera and Sigourney Weaver will explore the U.S. dependence on coal-burning power plants and China’s impact on the global environment. Free and open to the public. Free pizza and beverages at 6:45 p.m. Watch clips here (Ferrera) and here (Weaver). Location and other details here. (Image: National Geographic Channel.)

Sept. 9: How to continue Ohio’s clean energy progress

solar panelThe Environmental Professionals Network, a service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, hosts its next monthly breakfast program, “Challenges and Opportunities: Achieving Ohio’s Clean Energy Potential,” on Sept. 9 in Columbus. You’re invited to attend. Details.