Renewable energy expert to speak at Climate Action meeting

Jay Warmke, second from left, teaching the construction of a solar generator. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG – An expert on renewable energy will speak at the meeting of Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action 7 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church, 1400 Washington Ave.

Jay Warmke will discuss the economic and environmental impacts of renewable energy in the Third Thursday programs sponsored by Climate Action. Meetings are open to the public and free of charge.

Warmke is a pioneer in the solar energy industry and has received awards for his work. He recently released two books, “When the BioMass Hits the Wind Turbine” and “Solar Installer and Design Level II.”

In addition to podcasts he has created with Annie Warmke, he has radio programs on WOUB at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and on WGRN Columbus 11:30 a.m. Fridays. For more information about him or his classes, contact Annie at 740-674-4300 or annie@bluerockstation.com

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action contributed a $325 scholarship toward tuition for a trainee in the five-day-long Solar Installer Certification class Warmke taught in March in Marietta.

“We’re pleased to have this opportunity to learn more about Jay’s views on advancing the solar energy industry in Appalachia,” said Climate Action member Mike Bailey.

The Warmkes also are well known in the world of sustainable living. They built a 2,200 square foot Earthship, a home made of reused and re-purposed materials including tires, cans and bottles, the first of its kind east of the Mississippi River.

He came to Southeast Ohio after a career in the telecommunications industry and has written magazine columns and more than 12 books related to sustainable living.

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action focuses on raising awareness of the danger of climate change and the urgency of dealing with it. It is affiliated with 350.org and Citizens’ Climate Lobby and is a Science Booster Club for the National Center for Science Education.

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