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DAS upgrades Ohio Governor’s Residence solar electric system

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS) installed a new solar electric system in the Ohio Governor’s Residence Carriage House using a $50,000 grant from American Electric Power Foundation secured by Green Energy Ohio. The upgrade features advanced solar and battery technology supporting greater efficiency and reliability.

“Thanks to our partners at Green Energy Ohio for bringing state-of-the-art equipment to the residence that will ensure reliable, efficient power generation to the Carriage House,” said DAS Director Kathleen C. Madden. “The Governor’s Residence is a cherished piece of Ohio history and we’re honored to have a part in its ongoing upkeep and preservation.”

The Ohio State Highway Patrol operates a post out of the Carriage House on the property of the residence. A recent inspection of the solar array and battery backup system installed in 2004 recommended a complete overhaul to better support day-to-day operations and maintain critical security functions in the event of a power outage.

The new system will provide approximately 10,000 kWh of electricity per year and back-up power for the Carriage House and the security system. The new high efficiency solar panels and lithium-ion battery array offer significantly improved performance over the old system.

The Governor’s Residence was originally built by the Jeffrey family in 1925, and descendants of the family donated it to the state in 1955. Since then, 11 governor's families have lived at the residence, which is also filled with examples of Ohio art and industry. The residence is one of several state-owned facilities managed by the DAS Office of Properties and Facilities.

Green Energy Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable energy policies, technologies, and practices. In addition to securing the grant from the AEP Foundation, Green Energy Ohio recruited Ohio-based Ecohouse Solar and Third Sun Kokosing Solar to design and install the new system. Toledo Solar in Perrysburg is donating the new Ohio-made panels. The old panels will be recycled.