Gartner Welcome Center to be Included in the 2009 Stark County Solar Tour

May 24, 2010

Mount Union College’s new Gartner Welcome Center will be part of the 2009 Stark County Solar Tour which will be held Sunday, October 4 from 1 to 4 p.m.  As the host of the first Stark County Solar Tour, the event at the Gartner Welcome Center will include refreshments, vendor tables and information about other Stark County sites.

The Stark County Solar Tour, as part of the seventh Annual Ohio Tour conducted by Green Energy Ohio and American Solar Energy Society, will be held Saturday, October 3 through Sunday, October 4 at various locations around Stark County. Beyond solar energy, the statewide event features simultaneous tours in all corners of the state and highlights hundreds of sites with solar, wind, biomass, green design and energy-saving technologies. 

The Gartner Welcome Center has been designed to achieve a gold level based on the LEED-certified building standards. The heart of the energy efficiency is based on a 20 ton vertical loop geothermal heat pump. Additional LEED-certified features include zero use of CFC or HCFC based refrigerants in the HVAC system, automatic lighting control, large use of new materials with significant recycled content and within 0.5 mi. from many community services and public transportation.  

Other stops on the tour will include Towns’ Residence, Cespedes’ Residence, Stark State College, Meniru Professional Building and Grabhill Plumbing & Heating, Inc. on Saturday, October 3.  The tour route on Sunday, October 4 will include Mount Union College, Hobson’s Residence, Little’s Residence, Stark Parks, Metropolitan Centre, Cespedes’ Residence and Grabill Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

The tour will provide information on how individuals and businesses are trimming their energy bills and increasing their energy independence. The 2009 Stark County Solar Tour is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

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