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Energy advocates work to meet solar challenge

Mystery company to bring plant to region if megawatt goal is met

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Entrepreneurs for Sustainability

 

By JAY MILLER

 

6:00 am, August 21, 2006

 

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How great is that?! I for one would love to see the Cleveland Foundation invest in a high-visibility demonstration project, not unlike the wind turbine. How about creating a large-scale solar demonstration in Public Square, designed to power cutting edge street lighting around the Square? Benefits include a) moving toward reaching the 1MW goal in a highly visible locale, b) assisting the civic boosters who are currently interested in Public Square improvements and c) articulating Cleveland's historic (and hopefully current) role as an innovator; Cleveland was home to both the first electricity-generating turbine and the first electric street lights. To me, sounds like serendipity. Regardless of where the foundation concentrates its funds for this project, I'm very interested to see how it develops.

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Ronn Richard certainly has CF doing some interesting things lately. I would love to get that manufacturer to set up shop here (its all about the industry clusters!!)

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Growing the Solar Industry in Cleveland+

E4S Third Tuesday Network Event

An E4S and Green Energy Ohio (GEO) Collaboration

 

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Register for this Event Request a Display Table Location: Great Lakes Brewing Company, Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave. Cleveland

General Price: Free

 

 

Description:

 

One year ago, E4S and GEO launched a 1 Megawatt Solar Challenge to mobilize its network in working towards transforming Northeastern Ohio into a luminous force in the solar industry.

 

Join us on June 19th to:

 

Celebrate the successes of the past year including the Great Lakes Science Center and Cleveland Indians installations

Discover new opportunities for the solar industry in Northeastern Ohio and

Brainstorm ways to overcome the barriers preventing the region from becoming a leader in solar technologies and installation

 

 

Bring your ideas, bring your vision for NEO and, as always, bring a friend as you help E4S create a more sustainable economy!

 

 

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: RSVP for this free event today by filling out our online form (see registration button above) or call 216-451-7755.

 

 

 

 

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This a parallel thread to the Cleveland: Wind Development thread. If there is a thread that already exists, please combine.

 

http://www.cleveland.com/nie/content.ssf?/green/index.ssf?/green/more/taking_a.html

Taking a shine to Farmpark's solar exhibit

Display puts power of sun in kids' hands

Saturday, July 07, 2007

John Funk

Plain Dealer Reporter

 

Working with solar power is now child's play at Lake Farmpark in Kirtland, thanks to the addition of a clever new exhibit designed by a local renewable energy consulting and construction company.

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http://blog.cleveland.com/plaindealer/2007/07/answer_is_blowing_in_wind_he_h.html

SOLAR show a place to learn, look, listen and see what's hot

Monday, July 09, 2007

Janet Okoben

Plain Dealer Reporter

 

As one of 160 exhibitors at Sunday's trade show at the National SOLAR 2007 conference at the Cleveland Convention Center, Matthiah Larkin probably heard a different question from each of the thousands of people who walked by his brightly colored booth.

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Actually, I came to Cleveland for the Solar Energy conference...it was really cool - although, unfortunately, it just doesn't make sense for me to use solar for pretty much any applications right now.  When I pay less than 4¢/kWh from Duke Energy right now, and the cheapest solar applications still seem to end up costing 12¢/kWh over a 20 year horizon, it just ain't there yet...alas...I'm sure it will get there, but right now it really seems like a specialty-type energy - the flexible solar panels for generating electricity while camping, or other remote applications...

 

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John Hay High School goes green

 

Bryn Hough 

Created: 7/11/2007 3:46:44 PM

Updated:7/11/2007 4:23:07 PM

 

CLEVELAND -- John Hay High School in Cleveland has gone solar.

The American Solar Energy Society donated solar panels and monitoring equipment to the school on Wednesday.

 

How many panels were donated? I had heard that they were going to get a small panel (3ft x3ft-ish) to be placed outside the school so that classes could monitor it. This headline makes it sound like they are putting a bunch of panels on the roof or something. Sure hope its the latter.

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6 panels, up to 1.5 Kw.  I think they're going to use it to electrify the fence that they'll be building around the campus...  you know, to keep the kids who didn't test into the school out!

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6 panels, up to 1.5 Kw.  I think they're going to use it to electrify the fence that they'll be building around the campus...  you know, to keep the kids who didn't test into the school out!

 

Ha! That was my plan all along!

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Wired:

 

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2007/07/solar-panels-po/

Solar Panels Power Up

By Noah Shachtman EmailJuly 24, 2007

 

In November 2005, the Pentagon teamed up with corporate investors  to hand out the largest solar power research grant ever: $53 million, to the University of Delaware.  The giant pile of cash came with a equally enormous goal, though.  Delaware researchers were supposed to radically improve solar cells' efficiency -- doubling it in just a few short years.  They're getting real close, the University says. 

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i hope that the science center gets something like this for their solar and wind installations.

 

I don't know if they have anything online, but the Science Center does have tracking information like this in their exhibit displays.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Jamie Finley

Director of Marketing

216.696.3634

finleyj@glsc.org

 

GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER INSTALLS SOLAR ARRAY

 

Second phase in advanced energy initiative, joining wind turbine to raise community and civic awareness of renewable energy opportunities

 

CLEVELAND, July 31, 2007 – Nearly a year after installing what has become Cleveland’s iconic wind turbine, the Great Lakes Science Center is installing a 300 foot solar array canopy at its entrance. The solar panels represent the Great Lakes Science Center’s second advanced energy initiative and, coupled with the wind turbine, will continue to raise community and civic awareness regarding renewable energy. The array consists of 156 GE solar panels with a 31.2kW capacity.

 

The solar array is made possible through funding from Cleveland Foundation, Ferro Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy. Additional partners include Panzica Construction, Doty & Miller Architects and GE Energy. The project, named SolarWorks, will be dedicated on July 11 at 10:30 a.m.

 

“Our advanced energy initiative, and specifically the solar array, brings the Great Lakes Science Center mission of demonstrating the interrelationship between science, technology and the environment to life,” said Linda Abraham-Silver, president and executive director, Great Lakes Science Center. In fact, the solar array was designed to provide an immediate, meaningful renewable energy experience to anyone that approaches the Great Lakes Science Center. 

 

The solar panels will provide an estimated 24-28kW instantaneous output on a sunny day in the spring or fall, out of a 31.2kW capacity. The array is expected to produce 36,000 – 43,000kWh during the course of a year, averaging approximately 100kWh per day. This is the equivalent of the average electricity needed for four Ohio homes, or up to eight energy- efficient homes. The energy generated will be enough power to light all of the Great Lakes Science Center exhibition galleries—more than 65,000 square feet of exhibition space.

 

Energy generation is only one objective, of course, for the solar panels, according to Great Lakes Science Center President and Executive Director Linda Abraham-Silver.  “We want to raise awareness, engage curiosity and encourage discussion, just as we do with our indoor signature exhibits and programs.”  An interior touch-screen kiosk will provide both real-time and historical data visualizations, including power generated over time, and the amount of carbon dioxide not generated for the power equivalent.

 

Doty & Miller Architects and Panzica Construction provided design and construction for the project. Construction started at the beginning of May and will be ready for the beginning of the Solar Conference.

 

About Ferro Corporation

 

Ferro Corporation (www.ferro.com) was founded in 1919 in Cleveland, and today, Cleveland remains home to our worldwide headquarters.  The Company is a leading global supplier of technology-based performance materials for manufacturers. Our materials enhance the performance of products in a variety of end markets, including solar energy, electronics, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, building and renovation, appliances, automotive, household furnishings, and industrial products.  Ferro has approximately 6,700 employees who work in 20 countries around the world.  The Company reported sales of $2.0 billion in 2006.

 

About Ferro Electronic Material Systems

 

Ferro Electronic Material Systems is the fastest growing business at Ferro.  Its products include metal pastes and powders for solar energy applications, advanced packaging and thick film conductors; chemical mechanical planarization slurries for semiconductors and advanced integrated circuits; dielectrics used in passive chip components and multilayer ceramic capacitors; and surface finishing materials for LCD, hard disk and ophthalmic lens polishing.  Ferro Electronic Material Systems is based in Cleveland, and has production, laboratory, sales, and technical support facilities around the world, including Vista, CA; Penn Yan and Niagara Falls, NY; South Plainfield, NJ; Haverhill, United Kingdom; Uden, The Netherlands; Hanau, Germany; Tsukuba, Japan; and Suzhou, China. 

 

About The Cleveland Foundation

 

Established in 1914, The Cleveland Foundation is the nation’s third-largest community foundation with assets of $1.9 billion. The Foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders by building community endowments, addressing needs through grant making, and providing leadership on vital issues. For more information The Cleveland Foundation, please visit www.clevelandfoundation.org

 

About Great Lakes Science Center

 

The Great Lakes Science Center year, is one of the nation’s leading science and technology centers, featuring more than 400 signature hands-on exhibits, themed traveling exhibitions, daily demonstrations and the awe-inspiring OMNIMAX® Theater.  The Science Center is open daily 9:30AM to 5:30PM with discounted parking for guests in the attached 500-car garage.  For more information, contact the Great Lakes Science Center at 216 694-2000 or visit www.GreatScience.com

 

 

 

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Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124

216.509.3973

 

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Not specifically Cleveland, but good news for Ohio.

 

Toledo Blade:

 

First Solar stock leaps $57 a share; firm with local connections has seen price rise 1,000%

By JON CHAVEZ

BLADE BUSINESS WRITER

 

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This is great news. It will be even greater if the Ohio General Assembly gets off its collective ASS and actually does something to promote the creation of jobs in new-technology areas, rather than play chamber mistress to arrogant, stale businesses that seem more interested in protecting turf through intimidation than innovation.

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Well, since they're just establishing an HQ, jobs probably wouldn't "move" here.  But I would guess that they would start with a sales office, R&D, some limited back-office functions, and maybe some distribution.  That could all be encompassed in 10-20 people or 100.  Regardless, even if it starts with 10, it's still a great sign for the region.

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pd:

 

Mayor Frank Jackson wants increase in advanced, renewable energy sources for Cleveland

Seeks increase in advanced, renewable energy sources

Friday, November 30, 2007

Henry J. Gomez

Plain Dealer Reporter

 

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Spanish solar company considers Cleveland operation

Posted by John Funk December 15, 2007 05:42AM

Categories: Breaking News, Energy

Europe's largest solar panel manufacturer is interested in establishing its North American headquarters in Ohio.  Isofoton, based in M laga, Spain, sent a team to Columbus about two weeks ago to meet with Gov. Ted Strickland.

 

More at:

http://blog.cleveland.com/business/2007/12/spanish_solar_company_consider.html

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"Ohio's conditions are 50 percent more conducive to solar power than Germany's"

 

I feel really bad for Germany.

 

Why?  Its about time we got some international players and our economy diversified and grew.  Let bad news flow from some other city/county/state/country instead of (Metro) Cleveland. 

 

Hey Germany, if you want to be nice, send us Bayer Groups Worldwide Corporate HQ and throw in a daily Lufthansa flight while you're at it!

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Umm, I think he's saying that he feels bad if Ohio is indeed 50% sunnier than Germany... and I'd have to agree. I like an occasional overcast day, but Cleveland has enough of those as it is.

 

Anyhoo, this is all pretty good news!

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I love all the innovative ideas that are being floated in this state when it comes to alternative energy. I'd love it even more if these things come to pass and Ohio becomes a leader in alternative energy technologies.

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VERY interesting news for a Cleveland start-up:

 

Low-cost solar panels made in Cleveland working to change the world

Maureen  Kyle    Updated: 4/6/2010 7:57:46 AM  Posted: 4/6/2010 6:36:03 AM

 

 

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland is working to position itself as a leader in alternative energy manufacturing. And while there's been a big emphasis on wind energy, a start up company downtown is working to take their solar panel system global. 

 

 

In an abandoned flower shop in downtown Cleveland, something new is growing. A company called Sunflower Solutions.  It started as Chris Clark's senior project at Miami of Ohio University.

 

http://www.wkyc.com/news/local/news_article.aspx?storyid=133742&catid=3

 

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^Kind of interesting, but nothing really groundbreaking here is there?  He's developing a method of manually altering solar panel angles to capture up to 94% of the daylight with only 3 positions.  So he's designing an adjustable bracket?  They didn't give a lot of information and it was all very vague so I'm having trouble picturing what exactly it is he's doing.  Nonetheless good news.  I hope he's successful at whatever it is he's doing.

 

EDIT - read it again and he's basically designing a method of tracking the sun so that you can position your solar panel accordingly.  There are already sun angle charts for much of the world... I guess I just don't have all the information.

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