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Solar Tour to highlight clean energy

September 24, 2010
The Advertiser-Tribune

A rural Tiffin residence and a solar field near Upper Sandusky are stops on Green Energy Ohio's 2010 Ohio Solar Tour.

The free tours are set for Oct. 2-3 and are to offer an opportunity for people to visit hundreds of open house sites statewide and talk with owners living and working with clean-energy technologies.

The tour was announced in a news release from Green Energy Ohio, which claims "the economic benefits of investing in clean-energy technologies have never been better. Learn how friends and neighbors are combating rising energy costs, slashing utility bills, reaping rich cash incentives and big new tax credits.

"Visit an Ohio farm powered by wind, a home heated and cooled by ground-source heat pumps, a commercial building supplemented by solar electricity, or a school with a 'living-machine' and LEED-certified dorms," the release states.

Two options are available, guided tours and self-guided tours. For a list of stops and the guided tour in northwest Ohio, visit Read the information on creating a self-guided tour to open house sites or opt for details on the guided tour to four locations in northwest Ohio.

The guided tour is to include visits Oct. 2 to: Owens Community College's Findlay campus at 11 a.m.; Wyandot Solar at 12:30 p.m.; the Dan Deopker residence, 4253 S. TR 151, Tiffin, where a solar array is in operation; and the University of Findlay campus at 2:30 p.m. before returning to the Owens campus.

Attendees are asked to park for free in Lot H across from the Community Wellness and Education Center and meet at the wind turbine and solar array. Representatives from the college are to provide an overview of the two renewable energy systems before the group assembles in vans and heads out on the guided tour. This guided tour includes an opportunity to visit the largest solar array in Ohio at Wyandot Solar.

Registration is free, but required. Pack a lunch.

People may plan a self-guided tour by selecting the location, date and time, type of building and type of technology. Using Google Maps, people can print a map, directions and description of each site on the self-guided tour.



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