March 10, 9am–12:15pmWhere
OARDC’s Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building 1717 Thorne Road, Wooster, Ohio
The Solar Energy Workshop for Agricultural Producers will cover how farmers and businesses in rural areas can take advantage of incentives such as the federal renewable energy tax credits and the USDA renewable energy program to support their projects.
The workshop will feature seven sessions by speakers from the farming community, the solar installer community, OARDC, Ohio State University Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The sessions and speakers at the workshop will be:
“Why Solar?” by Fred Michel, associate professor in the college’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and president of the Wayne County Sustainable Energy Network. The network is co-sponsoring the workshop along with the college. Wooster is in Wayne County.
“Considerations for On-Farm Solar Development” by Eric Romich, energy development field specialist for OSU Extension.
“On-Farm Solar: Lessons Learned” by Ashland County, Ohio, farmer Don Kettering.
“Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)” by Christie Hooks, business program specialist for USDA’s Rural Development program.
“Farm Evaluation and System Design, Installation and Utility Interconnection” by Scott Cluff, ag-commercial solar consultant for Athens, Ohio-based Third Sun Solar.
“Case Studies from a Solar Installer’s Perspective” by Sheldon Stutzman, solar consultant for Sugarcreek, Ohio-based Paradise Energy Solutions.
“Rural System Case Studies” by Lucas Olinyk, vice president of engineering for Harvest Energy Solutions of Jackson, Michigan, and local farmers and business owners who have taken advantage of incentive programs to install solar systems.
Afterward, starting at 1 p.m., participants can visit open houses at several area farms that use solar energy.
Admission to the workshop is free, but advance registration is required. Contact Mary Wicks at [email protected] or 330-202-3533 for details and to register. Women- and minority-owned businesses are encouraged to attend.