Voinovich School Energy and Environmental Brownbag Series looks at a solar future for the university and beyond

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The new solar panels installed at The Ridges and the future of solar energy policy will be the topic of discussion at the next installment of the Voinovich School Energy and Environmental Brownbag on Friday, February 10 from 12 – 1 p.m. in Bldg. 22, Room 221 at The Ridges.

Gilbert Michaud, Ph.D., cluster analyst at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, and Alex Burke, second-year Master of Science in Environmental Studies candidate will analyze the state policies that encourage non-utility photovoltaic (PV) installations in residential areas, and discuss the implications these panels have on the state of Ohio.  As installing panels can be a large commitment, they will also talk about how to get the most of such an investment.

With the recent installation of solar panels behind Bldg. 22, Michaud and Burke will look at the role renewables play in the current electricity plan at Ohio University. Burke will also showcase some of his research with the panels to offer suggestions to the University on how to expand their use of solar.

The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs Energy and Environmental Brownbag Series runs each semester. These Friday forums include an informal lunch presentation and Q&A related to environmental topics of interest. The events are open to all Voinovich School students, as well as OHIO faculty, staff and students and the community. Free pizza will be served, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

Not sure how to get up to The Ridges? Check out the Red Line CATS Shuttle, the Athens Public Transit routes, walk or ride your bike.

For additional information, contact Loraine McCosker at mccosker@ohio.edu.

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