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The Ohio State University office of Extension Medina County invites you to learn about solar panels and solar energy in an informal, open format.  Kyle White, Community Development Educator received a $50,000 grant from Ohio State Energy Partners (  to research and education about Solar Energy.  The Ohio State University Office of Extension building is the sample subject of the solar panels, which are being installed this week (week of March 4).  Kyle is documenting the entire process from vendor selection to installation, including challenges, cost, and savings (once the panels are installed and fully functional).   Depending on community interest, the classes will be ongoing with updates and data.  Ohio State Extension brings research, science based information to the citizens of Ohio.  These classes are not intended to promote solar energy or any solar energy  vendor.  The classes are intended to study solar panels and energy and report our findings.

Kyle has talked to experts in the field of energy, tax/financial attorneys, solar panel vendors, consultants and solar energy consumers to gain an understanding of the industry.  The Medina County Commissioners agreed to allow their building, which houses the Extension Office, to be a pilot to learn and teach.  Through a series of four (4) lunch and learns Kyle will share how solar energy works, the process of finding a vendor, installation, expectations for energy production.  The final lunch and learn will include experts in taxes, incentives, energy, zoning, a vendor and consultant who will share their expertise and take your questions.

The total cost for one or more classes is $10.00 which helps support the cost of the lunch. 

The classes will be held in April and May from noon to 1 PM at the Ohio State Extension Office located at: 

4046 Medina Road, Medina, Ohio, 44256.

All classes run from 12 noon to 1 PM and include lunch.  You must register by April 5th. 

The Class schedule and topics are:

April 9:  Residential Solar Energy 101:  All about solar panels:  What are solar panels, how do they work, how much do they weigh…

April 30:   What to expect from solar panels and solar energy:  Cost savings, insurance costs, repair costs, roof costs.

May 2:  Before, during and after installation – how to choose a vendor, what questions should I ask before I buy, what about the age of my current roof, etc.

May 16:  Expert panel – consultant, vendor, lawyer/cpa, energy company representative, Homeowners Insurance Representative, zoning and planning



To register: click here

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