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Solar Co-op Meeting Notes – Property Tax on ...

Solar Enthusiasts, We had a good meeting yesterday with lots of updates and lots of great ideas.   Thank you Jack Shaner for the excellent status summary of Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards.  If you missed it, the Ohio legislature voted to essentially continue the freeze, however, Gov. Kasich vetoed that bill.  Thus, the standards went back into play in January.  Here is a nice article that outlines...

Granville neighbors give up fight over Denison sol...

    Enlarge Image Granville neighbors give up fight over Denison solar array Jennifer Smola The Columbus Dispatch | Nov 08, 2016  Two years after it was proposed, it appears a solar project on Denison University’s Biological Reserve will finally see the light of day. After pushing back against the solar array, residents on Welsh Hills Road whose properties border the reserve are walking away from the battleground. The...

Residents appeal Denison solar energy project

In the nearly two years since Denison University announced its plan to install about 5,000 solar panels on its Biological Reserve, not a single ray of sunlight has been harnessed into electricity on the 350 acres of woods and wildlife. Still, there’s plenty of energy surrounding the project, from both supporters and opponents, as the matter continues to work its way through local governing boards and, most recently, through...

A tilapia farm is just the latest ecological proje...

GRANVILLE, Ohio — When classes at Granville schools end for the day and the flurry of after-school commotion dies down, there’s one spot in the school district that continues to flutter with quiet activity. Behind Granville High School is a different type of school: one that consists of about 130 finger-length, iridescent tilapia, swimming together in two large, black tanks within a greenhouse nestled between the school...

Solar panels give a bright future for YES Club

NEWARK — Since its start 23 years ago, the YES Club of downtown Newark has been providing a positive educational environment for the children of Licking County. With its latest project, the club is looking toward not just its own future, but that of the community. In the last two months, the members of YES Club managed to raise enough funding to install solar panels on their roof. The panels, which were installed and...

Granville Zoning panel fields comments for solar p...

GRANVILLE — New zoning rules regarding residential solar energy installations should be flexible enough to accommodate future trends in the industry, Granville Township Zoning Commission officials were told last week. During a public comment session that invited comment on adding solar energy language to the zoning code, speakers advised that residential roof- or ground-mounted systems should be allowed to have capacities of...

Community leaders join environmental group asking ...

The oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” such as at this well in Pennsylvania, is opposed by neighborhood groups who accuse the operations of polluting the air and drinking water, and causing earthquakes.Associated Press file photo COLUMBUS, Ohio – A citizen-based environmental advocacy group today delivered a letter signed by more than 100 elected officials calling on Gov....

YES Club solar panel project has been successful

NEWARK – When the Licking County Solar Cooperative and Licking County Concerned Citizens for Public Health and Environment launched a fundraiser two months ago to install solar panels on the roof of the YES Club, Jeremy King, one of the project’s coordinators, wasn’t sure what to expect. But it wasn’t long before donations came pouring in. Six weeks into their fundraiser, they’ve raised close to $18,000. That means in a few...

Concerned Citizens raising funds for rooftop solar...

NEWARK — Kasyn Verasso loves participating in the programs at YES Club. So when he heard the organization was hoping to raise money to install solar panels on its clubhouse roof, he thought it was a great way to reduce their utility costs. “Solar energy saves a lot of money,” the Heritage Middle School student said. “When our electric bill goes down, that means there is more money for us. The other students and staff at YES...

Granville High School teacher wins state science h...

GRANVILLE – A Licking County educator described as a standout and passionate teacher in his discipline is the winner of the Outstanding Educator in the Field of Formal Environmental Science Award from the Environmental Education Council of Ohio. That would be Jim Reding, an ecology and environmental science teacher at Granville High School. “I was absolutely surprised,” Reding said. “They were able to pull it off without me...

Domestic energy goes beyond oil, gas

I respond to the March 3 letter “Energy policy must benefit Ohio business” from Lyn Bliss, president of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women, (ed – added below) which mentioned a simplified tax code and green energy. The federal government says there were 3.4 million green jobs created in 2011, according to the latest estimates, while a national oil and gas trade group says there were 2.59 million oil and gas jobs...

Granville Environmental Science Students Are Highl...

Here is the pdf: Back-to-School-02_15-AJ Source: Angus Journal, St. Joseph, MO By:Barb Baylor Anderson, February 2015 LINK: http://www.angusjournal.com/aj_article.html?cid=11820 Share...

Granville High School Students Erect a Solar Array

Solar Friends, Just wanted to share a photo of some Granville High School students standing by the array that they, their teacher – Jim Reding – Richard and I helped put up last week and this week.  It’s by their greenhouse and once operational will completely offset the electric needs of the greenhouse. Cheers, Jeremy   Share...

Kiwanis sends “Thank You” for 4th of J...

Zero Waste initiative On behalf of the Granville Kiwanis, please accept a heartfelt thanks for the volunteer assistance the Licking County Citizens for Public Health and the Environment provided at the 4th of July Celebration.  With the help of volunteers manning the resource recovery stations, 25% of the 10,960 pounds of waste generated this year was either recycled or composted.  By volume, it has been estimated that...

County conservation district looking for a sustain...

NEWARK — Imagine a Newark overflowing with sustainable small farms and community gardens that produce fresh, local produce for the community. The Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District thinks it can make that dream a reality with the help of a levy on the May ballot. The 0.15 mill levy over five years would raise about $555,000 for the district and cost the average homeowner of a $100,000 property about $5.25...