Free renewable energy options for businesses

Staff Report

GALLIPOLIS — UpGrade Ohio is looking to expand Ohio’s clean energy economy by working with small business owners who are interested in adding solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays, geothermal or bio-methane technologies to their local farms or business facilities.

Free assessments are now available through the Renewable Energy Development Assistance program (REDA) in eight counties, including Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton and Washington.

The REDA program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides free renewable energy site assessments to eligible businesses. UpGrade Ohio is currently partnering with the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC) to provide the free assessments. Interested applicants can sign up online:

The assessments typically cost $200 but they are available for free during the grant period. UpGrade Ohio also provides grant writing assistance to help businesses locate additional funding for solar, renewable installations and other projects. Partners in Clean Energy UpGrade Ohio is an educational and charitable organization whose mission is to educate, promote, and facilitate partnerships around reduced energy use and access to renewable energy resources. The organization works with SOPEC to foster a regional energy economy to keep dollars in southeast Ohio by reducing energy costs and promoting the development of locally owned electric generation and utility assets. For more information, contact Mat Roberts:

Staff Report