Northwest Ohio Solar Energy Hub unveiled PDF Print E-mail
Written by By HAROLD BROWN/Sentinel City Editor   
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 16:09
Sign at announcement of hub Wednesday afternoon at the University of Toledo's Scott Park Campus. (Harold Brown/Sentinel-Tribune)

TOLEDO — Establishment of a Northwest Ohio Solar Energy Innovation Hub was announced Wednesday afternoon by Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.
Making a brief appearance at the Scott Park Campus of the University of Toledo, Strickland said the hub brings with it “the promise of seed money and a pledge to work with you to further connections between the universities, the communities and the industry.”
Other hub partners are Bowling Green State University, Owens Community College, Penta Career Center, Terra Community College and Northwest State Community College. “The hub designation is an important part of our economic and urban revitalization plan to create good jobs while establishing Ohio as a leading supplier of clean energy,” the governor said.
Both UT President Lloyd Jacobs and BGSU President Carol Cartwright said the schools would continue to work together, reach out to help the existing solar businesses in the area and work with economic development officials to attract more firms to the area.
“The hub is not the most important part of the wheel,” Jacobs said. “The rim and the spokes are the most important. We are here to serve, here to be stewards, not to be the center of the universe,” Jacobs said.
“Universities are traditionally long on creativity and short on implementation,” adding that a 21st century university needs to full engaged in getting things done.
Cartwright said she talks to many people who are surprised to learn that BGSU and UT collaborate on many projects, some dating back 35 years. “The scope and sheer number of collaborations should not be a surprise. We may be fierce rivals in athletics but we are collaborative by nature. It is on our DNA to seek out others and share information and find solutions,” she said.
Of special note from BGSU’s perspective is the Center for Photochemical Sciences, which has been sending graduates into related fields for at least a quarter century.
She said the late Harold McMaster, who supported both BGSU and UT research efforts “would be extremely pleased to see how his investment is paying off.”
Strickland noted Northwest Ohio’s glass-making legacy as one reason why the area ought to be at the forefront of solar energy development and production.
State officials indicated that BGSU and UT have established the area as a global leader in solar research and technology, are working with industry and that Toledo is within 100 miles of 63 percent of the U.S. photovoltaic solar cell manufacturers. Two of those firms, First Solar and Willard & Kelsey Solar Group, are located in Perrysburg Township.
This is the third hub in the state with the others being the Cleveland Health and Technology Corridor and the Ohio Aerospace Hub at Dayton.

Front page caption: Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland announces Northwest Ohio Solar Energy Hub during stop Wednesday afternoon at the University of Toledo's Scott Park Campus. (Harold Brown/Sentinel-Tribune)

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