Team Purdue Finishes Strong in Solar Decathlon

Team Purdue Shines with Second Place Finish in 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

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Columbus Zoo Reaches for the Sun

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Selects Third Sun Solar for Large Array

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Solar Decathlon: Purdue, SunPower and Third Sun Solar

Third Sun Solar Supports Purdue University in the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

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New Certification for Third Sun Solar Staff

Third Sun Solar Designer Randall Hatch Gains New NABCEP Certification

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Third Sun Solar – Holiday Gifting

Third Sun Solar Celebrates Tenth Anniversary by Giving

On a cold, snowy early-December night in The Plains, just west of Athens Ohio, Third Sun Solar hosted a combined holiday party and Tenth Anniversary celebration with its staff and over a hundred of its closest friends. Held at the renovated Eclipse Company Store, the evening featured food prepared by Hocking College culinary students and live bluegrass/newgrass music by the Rumpke Mountain Boys. But the highlight of the evening was the opportunity for each guest to distribute $50 in donations among five of their favorite causes, courtesy of the Third Sun Solar “Community Gifting” program.

Each arriving guest was given a strip of 5 gold stars—the kind we used to get in school for outstanding work—and were offered the opportunity to paste the stars onto a chart beside the names of twenty-six local non-profit and community development organizations, including the Buckeye Forest Council, the Athens Conservancy, Green Energy Ohio, Stuart’s Opera House of Nelsonville, WOUB public radio, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Second Harvest Food Bank, and the Red Cross, among others. Participants could also write in another non-profit recipient of their choice to direct a Third Sun Solar donation there. The results were tallied and local organizations were awarded $10 per star, plus an additional 50% of the total. Almost $5,000 was donated by Third Sun Solar as a result of this holiday giving celebration.

As Third Sun Solar co-founder Michelle Greenfield noted, “Since 2008, we have been doing this “Community Gifting.” Third Sun Solar gives each of our employees a certain amount of funds to distribute to the non-profit or community development organizations of their choice. Since this year is our tenth anniversary as a company, we combined our annual holiday party with an anniversary celebration, and we extended the community gifting opportunity to not only our employees, but the other guests at the celebration. Our Third Sun Solar core values include sustainability, care for the environment and care for our community, so hopefully our gifting reflects those values.”

The site of the evening’s festivities was a restored coal mining building which served as the pay station and general store for coal miners in the years before the Great Depression. Recently, five local friends with interests in historic preservation and local history have restored the company town of Eclipse (named for the Eclipse Mine #4 of the Hocking Valley Coal Company, which began operating in 1902). The restored mining town comprises seventeen acres with twelve company houses, one shotgun shack, and the company store. The Eclipse Company Store is open to the public for special events, weddings and community gatherings, and the town and its structures are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ohio Solar Tour – October 2 and 3, 201010

Ohio Solar Tour – October 2 and 3, 2010

Join the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour

Ohio Solar Tour October 2 and 3, 2010

The Ohio Tour will feature over 200 sites all over the state.  Most sites are open house, some are guided tours.

In SE Ohio, we will have a guided walking tour of 4 sites on the east side of Athens. Tour begins at 1pm at the Village Bakery.  There is also a vehicle guided tour at 1pm on Saturday,  leaving from the Athens Community Center on East State St. and traveling to 5 sites.

For more information about sites around your home town or other places in the state, see the Green Energy Ohio website,, and click on the 2010 Ohio Solar Tour link.

Governor Strickland

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland made a visit to Third Sun Solar and Wind Power to highlight success stories in Advanced Energy in Appalachian Ohio. During his 45 minute visit on Monday, October 26, 2009, he met the Third Sun staff, toured the warehouse and offices and recognized the company as a great example of what investment in the new energy economy can achieve.

In addition to Governor Strickland, State Representative Debbie Phillips was in attendance.  All guests, media and staff gathered in the Third Sun warhouse to hear CEO Michelle Greenfield present a history and overview of the company.

Third Sun Solar Ranked 32nd Energy Company on the Inc. 5000

Third Sun Solar Ranked 32nd Energy Company on the Inc. 5000

Three-Year Growth of 390% Places Third Sun Solar Number 742 Overall on Inc. Magazine’s Exclusive List of the Nation’s Fastest Growing Companies.

NEW YORK, August 19, 2009Inc. magazine this month ranked Third Sun Solar number 32 among energy companies, number 21 among Ohio based companies and number 742 overall on its annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s entrepreneurs. Consumer electronics maker Vizio, Internet giant GoDaddy, and beverage maker Honest Tea are a few of the prominent brands featured on this year’s list.

“Savvy trend spotters and those who invest in private companies know that the Inc. 5000 is the best place to find out about young companies that are achieving success through a wide variety of unprecedented business models, as well as older private companies that are still expanding at an impressive rate,” said Inc. 5000 project manager Jim Melloan. “That’s why our list is so eagerly anticipated every year.”

Commenting on the announcement, Third Sun Solar President Geoff Greenfield said, “We’ve been working on solar projects of all shapes and sizes since 1997, but making the Inc. list this year points to how far the industry has come.  Solar now makes economic sense in addition to environmental sense – even here in the Midwest”.  He added, “While other sectors are contracting, renewable energy is growing, and Third Sun is working hard to create sustainable jobs while providing sustainable energy.  I am especially proud of our team of dedicated people that have worked so hard to get us here, and I look forward to rapid growth as more customers decide to turn their roofs into productive assets”.

The 2009 Inc. 5000, unveiled this August on, serves as a unique report card on the U.S. economy. Despite the ongoing recession, aggregate revenue among the companies on the list actually increased to $214 billion, up $29 billion from last year, with a median three-year growth rate of 126 percent. The Inc. 5000 are responsible for creating more than 1 million jobs since their founding, making the list perhaps the best example of the impact private, fast-growing companies can have on the economy. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found on

About Third Sun Solar & Wind Power Ltd.

Third Sun Solar is the Midwest’s leading provider of solar energy systems to utility, commercial, residential and institutional customers.  Following construction of their own solar powered home in 1997, founders Geoff and Michelle Greenfield launched Third Sun in 2000 to serve the nascent solar market in the region. Third Sun has grown to become a top tier design, supply and installation resource for best in class solar systems.          www.Third-Sun.Com (877) OWN-SOLAR