Simply Living To Honor Local Green Energy Pioneers

Simply Living is proud to honor two of our local, innovative clean energy pioneers.

For Immediate Release 
Media Contacts: 
Chuck Lynd (614) 354-6172 or
     Kevin Eigel (614) 805-5776 or
     Suzanne Csejtey (614) 507-3073 or

Simply Living To Honor Local Green Energy Pioneers at Annual Meeting

Ecohouse Solar and Design Energy will receive awards for renewable energy leadership Saturday, February 23, 12 – 3 pm at Indian Oven restaurant, 427 E Main St Columbus 43215

(Monday, February 11, Columbus, OH)  Simply Living will celebrate 27 years of educating the community about sustainable living practices when members and friends gather at the Annual Meeting on Saturday, February 23 from 12 noon – 3 pm at the Indian Oven restaurant in downtown Columbus.

This year Simply Living is honoring Simply Living members whose entrepreneurial companies have achieved remarkable success in the growing market for renewable energy systems. Ecohouse Solar and Design Energy will be given the organization’s first Green Energy Pioneer awards to recognize their contributions to a future powered by clean energy.

Suzanne Csejtey and David Dwyer, owners of Design Energy, offer Solar Power, Energy Storage, and Microgrids to businesses, schools and municipalities. Their design of the micro-grid based community solar system in Minster, Ohio serves the town plus two local industries and has received national attention as a model for the future of solar. Locally, they co-founded and offer technical assistance to the Clintonville Energy Collaborative with a vision to see solar panels on at least one home on every street in Clintonville. Design Energy partners with Refuge Ministries and Franklinton Community Solar to bring solar power and its benefits to marginalized neighborhoods,

Kevin Eigel was inspired to start Ecohouse Solar after he installed a system on his own home.  Ten years later, Kevin reports they recently finished their 200th installation, and now employ seven people. Ecohouse is proud to be “a local company, with a local team, contributing to the local economy.” Most of their work has been residential, but they are beginning to manage commercial projects as well. Ecohouse won an award from Green America, and donated $5000 to Third Hand Bike Co-op for their solar installation.

Both of these pioneering companies offer exceptionally high quality services that are customized for each client’s needs, and because they are local, they are available to provide support after the sale and installation.

Simply Living will be honoring Sarah Edwards, who retired as executive director at the end of 2018. Sarah led the organization through an important period of transition during the past four years and formed important collaborative partnerships with other community based environmental organizations.

Volunteers will be honored for their outstanding service and commitment to the work of Simply Living. Joanne Wissler will receive the Volunteer of the Year award. In addition, the committee leaders who created last year’s successful Sustainable Home and Garden Tour be recognized.

The Simply Living Board will announce program plans for the coming year, including the role of the re-energized Transition Hub that promotes and mentors green initiatives in Central Ohio.

A complimentary buffet with pakoras (vegetable fritters), vegan lentil soup, salad and bread will be served. A full cash bar will be available for beverages.

The free program will begin at 1:15 pm. RSVP for the Simply Living Annual Meeting on Eventbrite by February 20.


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