Johnson said the project has a three-year payback period and is warranteed for 25 years of operation. As of February 2013, the system had generated 114,899 kilowatt-hours of electricity and avoided 184,662 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, he says.
"While financial savings and payback periods will vary on a case-by-case scenario, on-site distributed energy generation projects offer a variety of potential benefits," Romich says. "These include increased reliability, reduction of peak power demand, improvements in power quality, reduced emissions and decreased price volatility."
Nancy Bowen-Ellzey, an OSU Extension field specialist in community economics and co-organizer of the workshop with Romich, added that carrying out on-site energy projects also demonstrates a company's investment in a current location for the long term.
"With a good plan and reputable contractor, these projects are very beneficial for companies," she says.
Romich and Bowen-Ellzey said OSU Extension is working with JobsOhio and other partner organizations to organize similar distributed renewable energy workshops in other regions of the state. Also, the Energize Ohio signature program is developing a fact sheet on distributed energy generation.
The Findlay workshop is available online (PowerPoint slides and audio).
Source: OSU Extension.