East of Cleveland – Solar Energy Workshop Series

You might be surprised how many homes and businesses in NE Ohio are getting their electricity from the sun… and you WILL be surprised at how affordable installing solar has become! Solar panels work well in Ohio, with our sunny summers making up for our cloudy winters. Attend this FREE workshop and learn first hand how the cost of solar installations has dropped, how the 30% federal tax credit helps reduce payback time, and how Net Metering will allow you to store your excess solar energy in the power grid. Included will be some “hands-on” experiments with actual solar panels so you can gain a better understanding of how they really work.

Find out how your neighbors, friends, businesses, and even some local communities around you are achieving energy independence and reducing their dependence on fossil fuels!

Fairport Harbor

  • Thursday,  September 5th at 1PM
  • Fairport Harbor Senior Center
    1380 East St, Fairport Harbor, Ohio 44077


  • Wednesday, September 11th at 11AM
  • Willoughby Senior Center
    36939 Ridge Road, Willoughby, Ohio 44094


  • Thursday, September 19th at 7PM
  • Mentor Senior Center
    8484 Munson Rd, Mentor, Ohio 44060

Pre-Tour Meet and Greet with Kent Green Energy Community

  • Friday, September 27th 7PM – 9PM
  • Mad Cap Brew Co.
    1422 Mogadore Rd. Kent, OH 44240

Chat with solar owners, users and local officials. (Cash Bar). For more information about the Kent Green Energy Ohio Tour visit their location page or visit their website!

Napa Electric Car Rally

  • Saturday, September 28th 10AM – 11AM
  • NAPA Auto Parts
    7900 Tyler Blvd, Mentor OH

This free rally, held in conjunction with the Green Energy Ohio Tour, will be behind the NAPA auto parts store. This is your chance to meet owners of Tesla’s, Bolt’s, Leaf’s, plus see a couple EV conversions (Honda and Porsche) and talk to their creators.

The Rally is open to all, a chance for you to “Grow What You Know With GEO“. If you are interested in taking the complete tour, check out the bus schedules for NE Ohio or call Valerie at 440-231-0842 to reserve a seat.

Exploring Energy Workshop

  • Thursday, September 19th 3PM – 6PM
  • Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library
    140 S Paint St, Chillicothe, OH 45601

Rural Action Sustainable Energy Solutions will facilitate a free “Exploring Energy” Workshop, open to the public. Participants will learn about how energy efficiency and renewable energy work with hands-on activities and interactive displays. Free weatherization items including LED bulbs, weatherization stripping, power strips and solar lanterns will be distributed to participants. They will also be demonstrating solar cooking with GoSun stoves. Snacks provided. 

Clean Energy Expo

  • Saturday, September 21st 10AM – 3PM
  • John McIntire Library
    220 North Fifth St, Zanesville, OH 43701

Rural Action’s Sustainable Energy Solutions will facilitate an “Exploring Energy” Workshop from 10AM to noon. Participants will learn about energy efficiency and renewable energy through hands-on activities and interactive displays. Free weatherization items — including LED bulbs, weatherization stripping, power strips and solar lanterns — will be distributed to participants. Following the workshop, food and beverages will be provided at a “Solar Cook-out” , featuring grilled foods prepared with GoSun Solar Stoves. 

Electric Vehicle Showcase will feature a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station and several EVs on display. Q&A with EV owners and enthusiasts.

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required for the Exploring Energy Workshop. Contact workshop coordinator Levi Brown at or call 740-541-1906 to register.

Ohio Pawpaw Festival – Energy Village

  • Friday, September 13th 4PM -12AM; Saturday, September 14th 10AM – 12AM; Sunday, September 15th 10AM – 5PM
  • 5900 Old US Highway 50, Albany, OH 45710

The 5th year of the Energy Village will inspire Pawpaw Fest attendees to experience the growing clean energy movement spreading across the country. The Energy Village tent will feature a solar array trailer and opportunities for fest-goers to tap into an innovative, local energy efforts.

Our collaboration with other organizations, vendors, and entrepreneurs will focus on the opportunities offered to Appalachian Ohio residents to reduce energy use and to make considerations about renewable energy and electric transportation for their homes, businesses, and local communities.

Whole Farm Planning Workshop

  • Saturday, September 28th 9AM – 4PM
  • Woodland Ridge Farm and Learning Center
    4884 Cooper Rd, Athens, OH 45701

Woodland Ridge Farm & Learning Center is working with Rural Action to hold a Whole Farm Planning workshop on Sept. 28. The workshop will show participants how Whole Farm Planning can tie together planning for traditionally separate areas while also encouraging new and existing agribusiness ventures to create new sources of income. Topics at the workshop will include sustainable energy, pork production, ginseng, and Airbnb. 

For more information, or to register, contact workshop coordinator Levi Brown at or call 740-541-1906.

Licking County Tour After-Party

  • Saturday, September 28th 5PM
  • Homestead Beer Co.
    811 Irving Wick Dr W, Heath, OH 43056

Celebrate the finale of the Licking County Tour with a craft beer, or other beverage, and great company!