Vice President And Principal Owner
Dovetail Solar And Wind
• Get training! In a tough job market, those that have training in solar energy installation will get the jobs. On the job training is becoming much less common that it used to be in the solar installation industry.
• Ohio is a great place to get training in solar technologies. Community colleges across the state are offering training for solar technicians and solar installers. The University of Toledo, with its Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization, is one of the top schools.
• The price of electricity generated from solar power is dropping very quickly. Look to price drops in solar power to be a factor driving growth.
Ohio has more government and private support for the solar industry than anywhere else in the Midwest, and Dovetail Solar and Wind has been one of its pioneering solar energy businesses. The company specializes in solar and wind electric systems, building integrated photovoltaic arrays, and solar thermal hot water systems.

Alan Frasz is Vice President and a principal owner of Dovetail Solar and Wind. Despite recent cutbacks by the Ohio state government in renewable energy investment, Alan's company is expanding at a quick pace, including plans to hire 10 to 15 more employees in the coming year. Alan has seen a 40 percent drop in the price of solar technologies in the last year, as prices continue to become more competitive with petrochemical generated energy. Although it has not expanded as quickly as he would hope, Alan expects thin film solar to be the future of solar.
Program Associate
Environmental Ohio
• Since 2001, The University of Toledo has been home to a clean and alternative energy incubator that has become known for advancing solar technology. University of Toledo is a great place to study solar tech.
• Oberlin College is a great school for students that want to be trained in environmental activism and community organizing.
• Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman has worked to bring electric vehicle manufacturing jobs to Ohio. Look to electric vehicle manufacturing as a growth industry in Ohio.
Environment Ohio is a key member of the Ohio green community, with success in recent years bringing advances to the green economy, such as their work on passage of the 2008 Ohio renewable energy standard. This policy dictates that 12.5 percent of the state's electricity must come from clean sources of electricity like wind and solar by 2025. In addition, Ohio will reduce cumulative energy consumption by 22 percent.

Julian Boggs is a Program Associate at Environment Ohio, where he and other dedicated environmentalists work to protect Ohio's air, water, and open spaces. As part of their mission, Environment Ohio strives to build support for renewable energy solutions. Julian says Ohio's strong public support of clean energy standards will require green energy training for the workforce.

The state is already seeing the first benefits of green investment with CODA, a California based electric car battery manufacturer, announcing plans to build an automotive-grade lithium-ion battery systems plant in Ohio. With the leadership of local and national politicians, an experienced heavy manufacturing base, and a strong need to create new jobs, Ohio is a good place to look for future growth in the green business sector.
Program Director
Ohio Citizen Action
• Look into jobs and internships with grassroots organizations. Ohio Citizen Action has both openings year-round in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati.
• Make sure you have great communication skills. Environmental organizations require solid writing and speaking skills. Any course that you can take in college that improves communication skills will be valuable.
• Ohio will see growth in many areas of the green economy. Ohio is coal country, and needs to work to find renewable clean energy sources to replace it now. Ohio also has a large manufacturing base, which already includes work in the electric car and wind industries. This base provides potential for huge growth in the renewable energy and technology fields.
Ohio Citizen Action has also been very active in the coal industry, including fighting mountaintop removal coal mining. In 2007, they were part of the largest environmental lawsuit in history, which forced American Electric Power to clean up their power plants or close them down if they couldn't. Ohio Citizen Action is an 80,000 member strong organization that has been cleaning up industrial polluters, teaching leadership skills to communities, and fighting for fair utility rates for consumers since 1975.
Naturalist Caretaker
Wilderness Center
• A good general education is important for a career in an organization like the Wilderness Center. Courses in botany and forestry can be helpful.
• The Wilderness Center has hires interns, with recent alumni of the intern program from Hocking College, a technical college located in Nelsonville, Ohio and the Agricultural Technology Institute at Ohio State University.
• Hands-on training and volunteering is important for a career in an organization like the Wilderness Center.
The Wilderness Center conserves close to 4,500 acres of land in the form of trails and open spaces and its nature programs provide educational exposure to 15,000 students each year. The Center hosts a number of annual events and is an excellent resource for environmentally minded professionals.
Wind Program Manager
Green Energy Ohio
• Ohio is offering training for solar energy installers through some community colleges. Look for solar installer and other renewable enregy programs in the Ohio Board of Regent's Ohio Green Pathways Catalog (http://www.uso.edu/opportunities/sustainability/green-pathways/index.php).
• Solar energy is the most developed green technology in Ohio due to past government rebates and support and the ease of siting solar systems.
• Students that are interested in the solar industry should talk to Ohio's solar installers. Volunteer with a non-profit to understand the alternative energy industry.
An industrial state like Ohio that has suffered from the decline of American heavy industry might be ripe for the green industry. Emily Sautter is wind program manager at Green Energy Ohio (GEO), an organization whose goal is to "promote environmentally and economically sustainable energy policies and practices in Ohio." Green Energy Ohio produces a quarterly magazine, offers an annual solar tour, and works to educate and organize public and private green interests.

The most unique aspect of green energy in Ohio is the amount of effort that the state has put into job training. Several community colleges are offering green tech certifications. Zane State University offers a degree through its Alternative Energy Technology Associate of Technical Studies (AET) program. The curriculum includes technical training in solar, wind, and geothermal technologies.
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