Clean energy has a “face” in Ohio. It is the face of entrepreneurs, business executives and employees who are tapping the potential of wind, solar and energy efficiency to expand market share, hire and retain talent, and increase profitability.
A new Nature Conservancy report entitled “Clean and Green” profiles the experiences of 16 small, medium and large businesses across Ohio as they have embraced clean energy. They represent a diverse mix. Some are household names like Costco and Honda. Others are smaller family-owned businesses that are seeking an edge to continue operating into the future. Although many of these companies explain that it is the right thing to do for the environment, all of them point to the economic benefits as the driving motivation for making the investment. Read the full report (2.5MB pdf).
The following is a sampling of highlights from the Clean and Green report:
“Without the (solar) array, we could expect our grid power rates to go up annually.” - Jeremy King, Sustainability Coordinator and Community Liaison, Denison University
“We refer to this business in a joking sort of way as a solarcoaster; it’s so up and down.” - Mark Wiley, President, Solar Integrated Resources
"With tax incentives and savings on our electric bills, each of these projects should pay for itself in seven years or less. Electricity is not getting cheap, and if you want to invest money for the long run, solar makes a lot of sense.” - Greg Sweet, Owner, Sweet Auto Dealerships
“Having our own solar array and producing our own electricity has significant long-term economic benefits. That’s why we added solar power in addition to our wind power use.” - Jimmy Stockwell, Co-Founder, Little Fish Brewing Co.
“The anti-solar policies in Ohio ...have really impacted the industry.” - Geoff Greenfield, President, Third Sun Solar