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Friday, October 04, 2013 12:00 AM

BY ED GEBERT

Times Bulletin Editor

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VAN WERT — Vantage Career Center will once again be a stop on the Green Energy Ohio Tour this year. In 2012, the excitement on the tour was to see and learn about wind energy but this time around, a featured destination is the one-megawatt solar array which is online and helping to power the Vantage facility.

The Green Energy Ohio Tour runs Thursday through Sunday and will visit Vantage starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Vantage Superintendent Staci Kaufman told the Times Bulletin the tour would not be able to walk through the array itself but participants will be able to view the site from outside the fence.

Also on Saturday, Brian Alberts, operations manager of Timber Road II Wind Farm, will give an overview of that site, which is owned by EDP Renewable, North America.

The group will also be given maps of the two area wind farms and turned loose for unguided tours.

In 2012, those on the tour viewed wind turbines at Cooper Farms, Blue Creek Wind Farm and Haviland Drainage Products. This year, in addition to the stops at Vantage and the two wind farms, they will be able to visit Archbold High School to see the wind turbine there, as well as a series of private residences to see working examples of passive solar, solar thermal, wind and photovolaics.

The Green Energy Ohio Tour extends all over the Buckeye State with over 200 open houses at 100 tour sites during the four-day tour. The tour is free to anyone visiting during designated times posted at www.greenenergyohio.com.

“The free Green Energy Ohio Tour is a great opportunity for Ohioans to learn first-hand about the latest in solar, wind, biomass and energy efficiency,” stated Green Energy Ohio Executive Director Bill Spratley. “Many previous tour-goers have adopted sustainable energy for their home, business and community and now provide their own green energy for a cleaner environment and new jobs.”

The Presenting Sponsor of this year’s tour is the Ohio Development Services Agency (formerly the Ohio Department of Development), as well as Ecohouse, Appalachian Renewable Power, Solaris Blackstone and Zane State College.

 

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